Sunday, July 30, 2006
I had a wonderful time. I managed to do what I set out to do -- enjoy myself, have a good race, and not stress out too much about going fast and beating people.
I did have some frustrations, but they were minor ones. The biggest was people assuming that this was my first triathlon and giving me unsolicited advice. Today was my eighth triathlon, not my first. I think they assumed that I was a first-timer because I don't have the lean, 12% bodyfat look that a lot of triathletes have, but the truth is, there are a lot of people that don't fit the profile who are pretty good athletes. You can't tell much about a fellow athlete's ability from her weight or her age.
That aside, though, the water was nice and clean, there was a good field and things went relatively smoothly, especially for a brand-new race. The pre-race instructions could have been a lot better and clearer, but overall, things went well.
I wasn't going to look at the results, but I peeked. My swim was my best leg, I finished 11th out of 35 people in my age group (35-39). My bike was next best and I finished 12th in my age group. I was 22nd in the run.
Today I didn't mess around with Weight Watcher points and just ate reasonably. I figure that I was burning a little extra today and I didn't have the time to seriously track. Believe it or not, I wasn't that much hungrier than on a regular day.
Even if this race throws off my weigh-in this week, it was worth it. It reminded me how much fun racing can be.
"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07