Respect. Awe. Accomplishment. That sums up part of my first relay half Ironman experience. 1.2 mi. swim; 56 mi. bike; 13.1 mi. run. Being a third of the 70.3 miles makes a part of me want to tackle the full. Ironman series are elite athletes set apart in their own category.
The Augusta Half Ironman event brought out the tall and small, old and young. When you watch a 71 year old woman attempt to complete the event you are literally in awe of the fact they are competing in the first place.
Relays are a different deal. It must be how Olympians feel waiting to compete in their individual event, on a much smaller scale. The rainy, unseasonably cool, weather wasn’t helping my patience. The race started at 7:30 AM with our swimmer in the water after 8, meaning I wouldn’t be running until after 11. I sat in the chilly rain for an hour before finally finding cover. I fueled a lot and peed a lot. My fight or flight response is to potty. I had enough downtime where I actually thought I wasn’t going to get pumped up to race. Once a few relay bikers came back it was game on. Seeing my hubs run towards me was a blur, I grabbed the timing chip and took off. This was the first race I’ve done with my Garmin and I took off insanely fast, hovering at a 6 min mile. Thank you caffeine PowerBar Gel. From there I settled into a surprisingly 7:40ish pace. I didn’t know if that was good, if I could hold for 13 miles, etc. Eventually I ran as good as I felt, looking down occasionally. Be still my beating heart do I love my Garmin Forerunner.
I can say without hesitation my training helped me PR. Final half marathon race time – 1:40. A full 10 minutes off my previous PR. I am always blessed to finish, but there is the competitor in me that wants me better in each race.
It was awesome being part of a team, Andrew killed it on the bike in 2:43 and our swimmer Brandon nailed a 27 min swim. We came in FOURTH. So close to placing! Team: Trying is the first step to failure –
But someone who did place, Meghan!! She qualified for the Half Ironman World Championships. The most beautiful freak of nature! Cannot put into words how happy I am for her. Congrats, couldn’t happen to a better athlete.
And Best Dressed goes to this guy right here. My hubs had more people come up and compliment him on his jersey. Better to have Fat Tire than a Flat Tire! If you’re listening New Belgium.…
Apologies for my long race rant, more to come. I am still running off fumes from my runner’s high. I cannot thank EVERYONE for their sweet words of encouragement, you really have no idea how much it means to have such amazing support.
How was everyone’s weekend?! Are y’all finally getting some fall weather like we are in GA?