May 3, 2011 9:35 PM
just an update... i did my 1st triathlon!!! 800m swim, 22.5k bike, 5k run, i registered for the 2011 athleta iron girl triathlon in las vegas held on 4/30/2011. i flew to las vegas and traveling with my bike added a little stress due to the hassle of having to worry about it. oh well,anyways, we got to vegas on thursday night, got up friday to pick up my packet and drop off the bike. it was really windy, i think 29mph so i was worried. i got up @ 4:30a, had a really good night sleep but woke up w/ bad allergies, tear! i had packed some allergy medication, thank goodness!! i took my meds and got to the venue @ loews lake las vegas, beautiful venue by the way. i went straight to the transition area and set up. did i mention it was cold?? really cold??! and windy!! i got myself into the wetsuit and head out to the starting line, there was over 850 women, and the start was individual, single file, one woman in the water every few seconds. i was way at the end- i was curious as to how the logistics would turn out. the start was pushed back 30 minutes according to the lady in the mic the water course had not been set up, so it was quite nerve wrecking and uncomfortable to stand then in a wetsuit and barefoot, did i mention it was cold? the floor was super cold, note to self: next time wear flip flops, but once we got started there was no turning back. the entry was a beach entry to the water and as i mentioned before, i was at the tailend- the water was not as cold as i thought it was, but it was cold- i tried swimming as i normally swim but realized quite quickly that it was not going to work- swimming in a pool (nice and controlled environment) compares nothing to open water (strong wake, low visibility, women all over the place etc.)- i kept on trying to swim freestyle stroke but somehow i was unable, i got past the beach entry past a bridge which led to "open" open water and the wake was super strong, i continued to swim but i had a panic attack, i felt as if a ton of bricks was pushing agaisnt my chest, i could not breathe, i tried to pull the wetsuit away from my neck and when i thought i could take a breath all i did was get a mouth full of water. i had a panic attack! never in all my thoughts of how this day would turn out did i think i would have a panic attack, i had never had a panic attack!!!!!!!!!!! i completely stopped and rolled over on my back and floating i began to talk and coax myself out of it, "calm down and breathe, just relax- you are not going to drown out here and you will finish!" i finally got my bearings rolled over and chugged along- sadly, at times i would do the doggie paddle, at others i did the backstroke or the side stroke, i could not make myself do the freestyle- i was scared!! i finally got back to the bridge, looked at my watch and said "i can do this" i started paddling faster got the beach @ the :35 min mark- i swear this has got to be the hardest thing i have ever done!! i slowly made my way to the transition, i quickly transitioned into the bike and this part was a breeze, i was actually a lot faster than anticipated, i finished @ the :59 min mark then transitioned to the run- i had an acl reconstruction on my left knee so i knew i was slow, but the trail was dirt and lots of rocks which made it quite uncomfortable. i finished my run at :49 min. i finally crossed the finish line @ 2:41min. claimed my finishers medal and picked up my bike et al. headed to the hotel and took a long hot shower and then it hit me, i was amazed of what i had accomplished, i actually finished! i did it, after all that- weather woes, panic attack, pain, i overcame- i am determined and i have resolve. pretty cool, i may have doubted myself there for a second but i knew i could do it. thank you all for your advice and support- i can't wait for the next one! best to all and happy trails!
i want to send a shout out to the 61 yr old lady that passed me up in the run on the way back, that was truly humbling!
also, to all triathletes, both women and men, you have my respect, triathlons ain't not joke. you are the bomb!
violets are purple... "it never gets easier, you just go faster" greg lemond
4/30/2011 athleta iron girl, lake las vegas nv
800m swim/ 22.5k bike/ 5k run 2:41:49