Anyway.....sorry for the ramble. I knew I could leave the kids with him (typical expos no way), and it was a beginner oriented race so I wouldn't feel any pressure going slower to accommodate this little baby on board. So a few days before, I signed up - so my style. Really hoping I can sign up for some A races for next year well in advance as a good commitment.
I tested the bike handling skills out Friday afternoon since honestly I haven't been on it in weeks, and it went great! Still felt just fine on it. We headed to my mother-in-law's house to crash with the kids that night since she lives about a mile away from the race, and I'd have to go earlier than they would. So alarm clock went off and my only negative thought for the day was 'oh man it's early, I don't have to do this race, what was I thinking??' I tell ya, getting up early pregnant is not my forte. Got everything ready after my usual pre race breakfast and headed out. As soon as I sat on the bike I thought, 'oh no!' I could barely sit on the seat, seriously. I seem to have issues with tenderness down there while pregnant when I ride a lot, and yeah, I guess I forgot that when riding Friday. I was really stressed about the bike portion of the race, because I litterally could not sit on that seat riding to the race. Decided to just go with what I planned on attire wise and let the endorphins help as my wise husband suggested. After I planted my bike I wanted to help out my good friend and race director Aly, so I wandered around transition answering questions. I love doing that, and there were plenty of questions to be had. It was really great to see so many women (close to 400 I think) out doing this triathlon that you probably wouldn't expect.
Swim was fine, I didn't intend to go first, but the lady I was talking to that went behind me was nervous to go first I think. So off I went....and so did she a second later :) She rode my feet the whole time which kind of stunk, and when we got out of the water she said 'oh was I supposed to wait till they told me to go?' Well yeah (guess they didn't know her number, each person was supposed to tell them that before they started), but that's ok. She didn't tap my feet or anything, was just that close the whole time. No harm no foul.
|Other than my hand in front of my belly I really like this pic. Totally worth the $6|
So as soon as I started riding I notice a pace car in front of me. Fun! I've never had a pace car experience, usually because I'm either not in the lead or it's a dual gender race and the men get them. I was happy to see them though as it made me feel a little more secure and visible out on the road. Now is not the time to get in a wreck. And yeah, it was just fun :) Was a little more out of breath than I would've liked the first half, and was concerned a bit about the big hill at half way, but fortunately that one was acutally easier than the preceding several miles leading up to it. Yeah I had to stand, but it wasn't bad at all. And then it was all downhill from there. The winds were nice as was the traffic and it was a great smooth 4 miles back into T2. Thank you pace car!
T2 was fine. The run was a little lonely. There was no one out on the course, volunteers included, I guess I beat them there. Aly passed me with about a mile to go asking if I needed an aid station as she was driving to set it up :) No worries, I was fine. Anyway, the course was marked well, but there was about a mile section where I just hoped I was going the right way. I've had dreams about getting lost on a race course, not fun. Just another less that you should study every race course map, I glanced, but that's it. Kept my pace reasonable, was definately less out of breath on the run than bike. Finished into a fun arch of colored balloons and headed toward the food :)
|Check it out, 6:20-6:30. My 10 seconds of fame! : D|
I ended up 2nd, by a second, at 20 weeks pregnant. Sounds good to me! Great way to celebrate half way through this pregnancy. Jer thought I'd be upset about not winning by such a close margin, but eh, I didn't go to win, and know I could've made that second up easy so it's fine. They didn't do awards which would have been fun with this belly of mine, but they wanted to keep it a non-competitive attitude. The charm necklace is cute though. Glad I did the race. It helps to give me a little athletic reminder and uplift that I'm still in reasonable shape and will be back next year. I am getting more and more excited to meet this baby and play in that phase again. 4 more months :)