- I WON! My age group that is. Was really wanting the OA win but I would have to settle for 5th OA amateur...turns out those young (teeny tiny) gals can RUN...will keep trying to up my game here! Last year since it was the first year Texas was the North American Championship, they gave out champions jerseys to the winner of each AG. I wanted that jersey...no, not the design (please IM, contact Kebby at Coeur and ask her to do the design next year?!), but, I wanted to be the champ, to be No1 at the NA Championship. When I was running and struggling, that is what I thought about...oh and milkshakes- to which I told Sonja about and she started singing the milkshake song to me!
|Coeur Teammies Denise and Barbara|
3. Swim- I swam a 1:02:11 here which is a 1:10 PR on this course! Hooray for my ROKA swimskin, a fresh pair of goggles and Stanford Masters swimming for this. I've always found this swim to be tough- it's not wetsuit legal and it's fresh water so there is NOTHING helping your body position. I usually feel like my stroke falls apart here towards the end, but something was different this year and thankfully that translated into a faster swim split.
|Homestay and dear friend Moe!|
5. When shit changes, go with the flow. The swim course was altered this year due to the canal being too dirty to swim in and the bike course was shortened. People were up in arms over the bike course being shortened. News flash, we're all on the same course on the day, so what is truly (unless this is your first IM) deal? Simmer people.
6. The WTC is good at what they do. Say what you like, and hate the WTC for the corporate $$$ suckers that they are, but when shit hits the fan, they manage the situation and keep everyone safe and as happy as can be. When I was at mile 24, the cloud cover came and so did the thunder. After crossing the line and making my way through the food tent, the heavens literally opened up and the thunder/lightning/rain was insane. They ushered us all into the med tent to get out from the elements and no one panicked.
|feeling the fatigue at the end of the run!|
|still looking fresh...for now|
|Sonja doing her thang and cheering me on|
9. Post race blues are real. I was definitely so please to walk away with the win, but got hit a bit with the post race sads this week. Mark was out of town in the UK and with all of that down time and not a lot of endorphins from reduced exercise, the struggle had been real. I don't think this ever gets any easier to deal with, aside from knowing it will always happen and accept it as part of the game.
|friends help the blues!|
11. Positive self talk is good. Duh! But seriously, when I hit the run, I was like, oh man, I struggs. And then I thought to myself, yes but if you struggs, so is every other girl out here and you just have to strugg the least. Keep moving mama.
12. Walking aid stations, each and every one is A-OK. Seconds lost at each aid station did not cost me 1-4th place and I wanted to ensure my lead did not deteriorate due to rushing and not fueling properly.You know Jan Frodeno slowed significantly and even walked a few aid stations in Kona this past year? I hit the run feeling a bit woozy and truly walked each of the aid stations to ensure I was really getting in everything I needed. I wasn't lolly gagging but the first few aid stations I got passed by gals who I would then pass pretty quickly. eventually they stopped passing me and I stayed ahead of the pack. I told myself I was Jan mo-fo Frodeno ;)
|post race shakes and fries with Katie and super dad!|
14. Success is so wonderful, but it does not free you from the "what if" thoughts and the "what could I have done better and what WILL I do better next time" thoughts. I wish there was a cure for that and that we could be satisfied (at least for a few days), before allowing ourselves to be the Type A'ers we are and want to focus on what we can do better.
Now the racing season is really underway and the next few months have me racing ALL over the US...from Honu and Escape From Alcatraz next month, to Getting to race in my home TOWN of Delaware in August, I'm excited for summer!!