Well, it got done today–the big century ride.
Today was very difficult for me (I’m not sure my riding buddies really know how hard it was). Everything was just rocking along for the beginning and then some things went south. It was an excellent exercise in “hills and valleys” for me, as I know the long Ironman day won’t be all sunshine and roses.
- riding the WHOLE way with Cathy and Amy
- completing my first 100-miler
- seeing some lovely countryside
- having all my good buddies en masse at the start
- finding out my friend Tricia, quite the triathlete, is just as afraid of the big starts as I am
- making it through added mileage instead of quitting at 82
- shuffling through at least some of a run when I felt like complete hell
- having to walk my bike up the rest of the big hill because my chest hurt too bad to continue
- finding out at mile 57 that we should’ve been at mile 84
- seeing the “1 mile to finish” sign and knowing I had to turn around for more
- heat, heat, heat and sun in the final 2 1/2 hours
- having to stop so often at the rest stops at the end, trying to cool off
- my short run afterwards (which was only 10 minutes because it took me that long to cover what my buds did in 7 minutes…ouch)
I went into kind of a dark hole for some time and was saved by my friends, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and an emu.
Only in Ironman Land!
Thank you, girls, for making my day a success! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo