After racing Tri Allegan I was not ready to be done racing tri’s for 2013. The only problem was that I had 2 more “races” on the agenda and the only tri that I really wanted to race was smack dab in the middle of the other 2 “races” that were already on my agenda. I was in a dilemma, #runnerproblems.
After the ODRAM I felt tired and knew that rest was the best thing for me, but I could not stop thinking about racing Ludington Triathlon. I wanted to give the longer distance triathlon one more shot. After my not so awesome Olympic Tri at Grand Haven, I really wanted to prove to myself that I could race a longer distance tri and feel good the whole time and in the past 1 1/2 months I felt much STRONGER and more CONFIDENCE in my training.
So after some convincing to a friend that we could drive up to Ludington Saturday night, and race for fun (I always tell myself that I am racing for fun, but in reality I have high expectations for every race) on Sunday, I signed up for the tri 1 hour before online registration closed.
Sunday morning after a very restless night of sleep, I had race butterflies, but was so stinken excited to swim 1000 meters, ride 40k and run 10k.
I felt great during the swim! So much better than the swim at Grand Haven Tri. Granted the swim was 500 meters shorter, but I’ll take it! I did struggle with spotting on the way back to shore due to the sun rising above the sand dune and reflecting off of my goggles, but when I got out of the water I was happy!
After a longer than normal transition due to running past my transition area, stupid me, it was time for 40k on the bike. As soon as I mounted the bike and started pushing hard, my quads felt the 175 miles of riding from the previous week. I knew at that time it was going to take everything in me to push hard the whole ride. I held a good pace the first 20kish, then my speed started decreasing some, but at that point, I was just enjoying the race. I was excited to be racing a tri and taking in the experience.
My number one goal for the 10k run was to finish in 60 minutes. I didn’t care if I walked, puked or had to crawl- as long as I was done in 60 minutes. I stalked my watch the whole run and I hate myself for that, but I was starting to feel the pain of running hard in my gut and knew that mental strength was going to be my friend for the next 6.1 miles. I faked a smile to convince myself that I could run hard. The last .5 mile was a hard uphill, but when I finished the race I knew that the 10k was faster than 60 minutes and that I had given the race everything that was in me!
I finished the 2013 tri season on a high note!
I am already planning 2014 tri season and starting to freak myself out by the crazy ideas I am thinking of.