Sunday, July 27, 2008
I Am A Triathlete
Despite waking up at 4am to the sounds of thunder and lightning, having my bike number fly off my bike on the highway while traveling to the race, and getting to the site late and panicking when I couldn't locate my bike after an absurdly long line for the bathroom, today turned out to be awesome.
I finished the Danskin Triathlon in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 36 seconds. And it didn't rain once during the race.
I swam in coldish water and felt OK, doing a combination of breaststroke and crawl. I biked up some tough hills and coasted down the other side. About 400 people passed me on my bike, while I passed perhaps four people. I walked for much of the walk/run part, but was able to jog at the end where my family was watching and taking photos and I sprinted to the finish line.
My sugars were pretty crazy throughout, which hasn't been typical during my eight weeks of training. I started out this morning around 168, bolused for an oatmeal, berry and almond breakfast, then bounced around into the 200s before the race. In between the swim and bike, I was over 300, and I bolused and checked again after the bike. Still high. I bolused again and was 105 after the race. Adrenalin and stress--what can I tell you? Just correct and move on.
I'm now considering doing another sprint tri in September. And this is from someone whose natural inclination has been to lie in bed, read, eat, and drink diet Coke. But training for this race and finishing was just fantastic. I highly recommend it!