|Who's excited! Me, that's who!|
|Just chillin on a Sunday with my stepmom|
10 things I loved about Esprit De She Triathlon Sunday:
1. I had a great swim. I borrowed my friend Maria's wetsuit. It helped me stay warm and float. The water at Centennial Beach was 70 degrees. By the look on my stepmom's face when she started, it was cold without a wetsuit. When I first got into the water, the usual happened. I got kicked. I kicked. I couldn't see. It was cold. The first section sucked. Then as I rounded the first turn, I had more space to swim freely, and I could see. At one point, I thought to myself, "I can swim." I am not going to say it was effortless, but I was swimming and enjoying it. At one point, another swimmer grabbed my big toe, and I giggled. On the last leg, I thought, "I wonder what's different. Well, I've run five marathons since my last tri. I may be stronger..." Yes, I could think while swimming. It was a good swim. I finished the swim in 17:25 minutes. Not bad, for me.
2. I finished the bike course happily in under an hour (56:14). I hadn't done more than six miles consecutively on my bike this season. I had done bricks of bike, run, bike, but I hadn't had time for just bike. I got passed a lot. I should have been riding a beach cruiser with a basket full of flowers, maybe even a puppy. I did get lots of compliments on my ruu-muu. Plenty of people got a chance to see it.
3. I rocked my run. When I left the second transition with a better feeling about what to do, I told myself, "You are a runner. Be a runner." It took me about a mile to feel my feet which meant I only had two miles to go. "Run." I passed a lot of gals on the run. "Keep it up, runner." It had gotten hot. "Be a runner." To my surprise, I finished the run in 30:10. Not bad after a bike and swim.
4. The shirt is super cute and functional. My stepmom wore the shirt for the race. Normally, I would be totally against wearing the shirt during the event, but the shirt was so functional. It lends itself to the tri. It was made by Moxie. My stepmom and I met one of the owners after the race. Their patterns are cute, colorful and lend themselves to a variety of body types.
5. I got to stroll the packet pick up with no girlios. According to tri rules, I had to personally pick up my packet on Saturday. Saturdays are crazy for me. I was going to try to pick up my packet in between soccer games but my daughter left her ball at the field so I had to go after my games. I arrived at the pick up about half an hour before it closed. I talked to the vendors and sampled products. I took this picture with Always. It was lovely. For all my friends with food allergies, check out Zemas. Tasty stuff.
|I always try something twice just to make sure I don't like it, especially food.|
7. The medal is adorable. Just look at it!
9.The post race party was great, girly and unique. There were vendors, samples, massages, manicures, race results and even a place to plant seeds. My lime basil has germinated and is growing strong. There were even flowers to buy for race participants. All the money went to ovarian cancer research. In fact, the whole race supported ovarian cancer and that warmed my heart. My mom lost her battle against ovarian cancer.
10. Hanging out with my college roommate for lunch! After the race, I changed my clothes, sprayed myself with something flowery scented and met my college roommate, Joy, for lunch in downtown Naperville. She is such a blessing. I loved catching up with her. I could have talked with her all afternoon. We practically did. It was fabulous day to end the day.
Here's the tri stats: Swim (17:25), T1 (5:34), Bike (56:14), T2 (4:03), Run (30:10), Time (1:53:24)
Fyi: Esprit de She is having another event, a 5K/10K, on July 18 in Chicago.
Did I mention that I had a great time?!