Triathlon update!! {5.22.13}

Well it’s been a couple of weeks and it’s been a whirlwind around here! We are quite the busy family as it is, but Spring and Summer are always filled with SO much to do…we try to make it all fun stuff though :)

BoomBOX Tri athletes!!

BoomBOX Tri athletes!!

So I stated in an earlier post that I would give an update on the Triathlon Matt and I did on Cinco de Mayo. So here you go! In a nutshell, we had an absolute BLAST. It was such a fun experience for both of us and we really went into it with no expectations but to just do our best, and that’s exactly what we did. So proud of us!!! This was a big accomplishment.

Ahhhhh...time to relax

Ahhhhh…time to relax

The day before the race, we dropped the kids off with their grandparents. We got our registration at Shore Park and went to a nearby pub for some pre-race beers and food. That night, we stayed at Mikey & Kelly’s and shared some laughs and some REALLY GOOD grub! Steaks of course and a glass or two of Cab. Anyway, Matt and I got to the race early and just hung out in the truck and talked. It was still pitch dark outside as it was only 5am. When was the last time you did that?! I felt like a kid again, hanging out with my best friend :)

About an hour later we started setting up all our gear. We attached our bib numbers to our shirts and the sticker(s) to our bike and helmet. Matt pumped up our tires and we were ready to rock and roll.

Pump it up!

Pump it up!

Looks like a pair of winning numbers to me!

Looks like a pair of winning numbers to me!

My partner :)

My partner :)

It wasn’t too long after that the race began.

We set up our bikes at the “transition area” in our assigned areas (5 & 6). We set up our bikes on the assigned rack in our individual (tiny) spots, set our towels under our bike, with our running shoes, socks, and all other clothing we needed for the bike/run part. We put on our wetsuits and swim caps and got ready to go!!

Bike racks at transition 5

Bike racks at transition 5

BBCF Tri-athletes.  From Left:  Myself, Matt, Josh (our Coach), Mike, Robert, Eddie

BBCF Tri-athletes. From Left: Myself, Matt, Josh (our Coach), Mike, Robert, Eddie

We headed for the water as it was nearing 7am and Matt’s heat was at 7:05. Matt’s heat was 2 heats before mine, so he set off for the swim and I got to see him go! Our PLAN was for him to wait for me by my bike in the transition area when he finished the swim portion of the race. He was going to be about 20 minutes ahead of me so he had plenty of time to get out of the water, change out of his wetsuit and into his biking clothes and wait for me at my bike. This was the part where doing this as a TEAM was where our minds were at. We weren’t worried about our “time” for this one, but rather, just finishing it together. I think in the end, Matt was in transition from swim to bike for about 30 mins. This transition normally takes anywhere from 2-7 minutes.

He's a FISH!  Sub 8 min. 1/4 mile swim!

He’s a FISH! Sub 8 min. 1/4 mile swim!

It was soon my turn for the swim and I got into that 68 degrees Bay water and headed out to the starting area. It wasn’t bad at all except for the jellyfish warning! They were EVERYWHERE. Literally! But luckily they were the ones that don’t sting, Moon jellyfish. Just round globs with no tentacles. I bumped into several of them. They still startle you as you’re treading water in open water! It’s eerie! Anyway, so I set off for the swim as the announcer yelled “START!” Not 50 meters into it I started to feel extremely exhausted. Ugh. I had 350 meters to go! The swim portion was 1/4 mile (rectangle shaped).

So, there were about 25 girls in my heat and all I could think of is how I couldn’t possibly be the worst swimmer in the water, so I just kept on swimming. I rounded the first buoy and immediately flipped over onto my back and did the back stroke the entire straight away. It saved me! I was tired!! Occasionally, I looked back to make sure I was still headed straight and I just kept flipping one arm after another, over my head and tried not to think too much about it. Before I knew it, I was at the next buoy and turned back over and did the front stroke the rest of the way (about another 100m). I finished the swim in 9:54. Not bad!!

Finished the swim!!!  Look at all those girls behind me!

Finished the swim!!! Look at all those girls behind me!

I ran out of the water and up to the transition area and there was Matt, waiting for me with a huge smile on his face! It was such a rad moment!! He helped me out of my wetsuit and into my biking gear and we took off on our bikes together. It was such a cool moment. We couldn’t stop smiling and laughing, saying to each other, “are we really doing this?!” Haha!!

Well this is the part that really had us in stitches. Not even 1/4 mile into our 10 mile bike ride around Fiesta Island, I started feeling the burn in my quads. What the hell is wrong with this mountain bike?! I had it in the right gear!? Well…it was exactly that. I’m on a MOUNTAIN BIKE for gosh sakes!!! This thing wasn’t meant for biking in Sprint Triathlons. Period! Either way, we made the best of it. We had to make two large loops around Fiesta Island and then back to transition. After the first loop around the island, I was toast! I told Matt he could bike ahead of me, as he was on coast the entire time :( He refused. We stuck together. That bike ride was a doozie!! It took us a little over an HOUR! Laughable indeed!! I think everyone (including people in several heats after me) lapped us on that island…some people even twice. We couldn’t stop laughing. It was pure comedy! I think we heard “on your left!” 100 times. After so long, we just started telling people, “on your RIGHT!! We know!!” We were on our 2nd lap and started seeing runners. I couldn’t even pass THEM! I tried to pedal but the bike just wouldn’t go. There were some serious Apollo Ono’s out there with the speed helmet and all. We heard them coming from miles away. It was just one thing after another on that bike ride and all of which was just outright laughable. Matt (luckily) had some quench gum with him, as he thought we might need it for our exhausting bike ride. Hahahaha! We chewed gum and just kept on. It was almost like we were on a morning bike ride, with our beach cruisers or something. [No pictures of the bike ride, as we didn't have our phones on us nor was there anyone around us to take our pictures...we pretty much botched the bike portion.]

So it was an hour later and we racked our bikes (and our helmets) in the transition area and headed out for the 5K run. At this point it was going to feel great to be off the damn bikes!! We headed out for the run and my legs were just smoked. I just kept telling myself that I’ve done this before and I was just going to have to push through. Poor Matt probably felt like he hadn’t even broken a sweat at this point, and here I was…dying! We stuck it out together on the run and just put one foot in front of the other and kept going. We saw Mikey, Kelly and Wyatt and several BBCF members as we headed out for the run and it made us feel great! The support is HUGE!!! Especially at that point in a race. It fueled our energy.

We came across that finish line and were so excited to have finished our first Sprint Triathlon!!! Whatever way we did it, we finished and couldn’t have been more proud. If it weren’t for Josh, Eric and several other BBCF members, I don’t know that Matt and I would’ve felt so inspired to participate in such a thing. We really love our BoomBOX family and all the inspiration that comes with it. We were smiling the entire rest of the day. It was an event that we’ll never forget.

WE DID IT!!!

WE DID IT!!!

 

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