Monday, August 16, 2010

Tri Girls...

...well, the triathlon was yesterday. Let me just start off by saying I heart race days. It's what you work so hard to prepare for and the buzz and excitement is just something I can't describe. I'm in a fabulous mood the whole time I'm there.

Here is our team TRI GIRLS: (L to R) Amy (biker), me (swimmer), Shelley ( runner)
Whoa! Free tickets to the gun show! You're welcome!!!I started us off in the swim. I figured this was an okay picture to show of me in my swimsuit. Proof that I did it yet far enough away to not scare you all off. I finished 300 yards in 5 minutes and 11 seconds which is about 10 seconds faster than I'd been training so I was very excited about that.

Let me just tell you that swimming alone or with one or two other people in the pool is VERY different than this serpentine swim. At one point, I looked up and some guy was trying to pass a lady going the opposite way I was going so it really messed up my rhythm of breathing. And just because you tap someone on the foot (which means-dude, I'm right up on you, move out the way!) doesn't mean they take the hint. I tapped the lady in front of me twice on the foot in our last lane. I should have made a move to pass but at that point, I knew I didn't have it in me to pass her and finish strong so I decided to just stay steady and not push it.My teammate Shelley was at the end of every lane cheering me on and when I got out she handed me my towel so I didn't have to run entirely in just my suit to tag Amy. I yelled as I was running up the stairs, "Amy! I'm coming!!!" She still didn't hear me and I hesitated a second to cut across the mount line to tag her for fear of being ran over by another biker but it was all good.

Once Amy took off, Matt and I headed back down to the pool in which he told me he was going to leave. I looked at him surprised and asked, "Are you going to come back and get me?" He laughed and said he was just going to take pics of Amy on the course-what a sweet husband! He got some really good ones too. Amy biked 18 miles in 1 hour 7 minutes and 18 seconds.While she was biking, I went back to the pool and cheered on a fellow DMer and two of my camp counselors. At one point, I heard another person cheering for Dustin and I looked back, "You must be mom! I'm Dustin's boss!" She was so sweet telling me how proud she was of him and how she was almost in tears watching him swim. After they finished in the pool, I headed up to watch Amy tag off to Shelley.

Anyone in a red jersey and gray helmet, we thought was Amy-we did this about 10 times. When she came and we started cheering for her, she yelled out, "Shelley! I'm coming!!!" I was cracking up as Shelley took off.

Shelley is just amazingly super speedy so we knew we didn't have much time to get to the finish line. I did get there in time to snag this awesome pic. Shelley finished her leg of the race which was a 5k run in 23 minutes and 34 seconds. Woohoo!!!

Our overall team time was 1 hour 36 minutes and 3 seconds which was under our goal so we were all extremely happy with that. There were 14 teams, in which they didn't break them up into men's/women's/co-ed but out of 14 teams, we got 5th place! Not too shabby, huh?

UPDATE: If they had separated out the teams into Men's, Women's and Co-Ed as they have done in the past, we would have been the first place women's team and beat the second place team by 10 minutes!

16 comments :

Jennelle said...

Wow, you guys did AWESOME! Congrats! :)

Jordan said...

Great job! Congrats on the 5th place finish!

d.a.r. said...

Way to go!! Those splits are phenomenal!!

So...when are you going to a do a triathlon solo??? :)

Teenage Bride said...

Ok wow! I admire your strength and stamina congrats!!!

Amber said...

Wow - you guys totally ROCKED!! Seriously impressed. So glad you you enjoyed it and accomplished your goals!

Mrs. Fabulous said...

Way to go! I continue to be in awe of your running, etc. Maybe one day it will inspire me to do the same! (Well, once this baby is out!) :)
Have a great week!

Amanda said...

WOW! I'm really impressed...like REALLY. You did AWESOME. Definitely should be something to be proud of, especially that you would have won the women's division!

Mrs. Dirnberger said...

I am sooo impressed!!! Seriously. You ladies did awesome!

Meredith said...

That's incredible! First place for the girls is awesome!

Alicia said...

Great news, glad to hear it went well and 1st place among the women and 5th overall is fantastic!!!!

Stephany said...

Wow, girl! You are amazing and way to go on the 5th place finish!

(Also, Shelley's abs are out of this world! WOW!)

Angie said...

very proud of you all! Love that pic you got of Shelley! What a great action shot!

Cecilia said...

I knew you'd kick butt!!! Great work, girl. I'm so proud of you!

Aimee said...

Woohoo! Awesome job!

Christy said...

This is so great! Way to go! Love the pictures!

Mary said...

Damn, you guys did great! Shelley is freaking fast! Maybe I'll see you at the St. Peter's Rec Plex tri next month if we decide to do it again!