As mentioned, I’ve been training for a triathlon for quite some time now. In fact, it has felt like it’s been going on TOO long. So although I was nervous, I was very excited for the Big Day yesterday.
The Nautica Malibu triathlon, which has been going on for 26 years now (!), has a ‘Classic’ distance, which is a smidge longer than your standard ‘Sprint’ triathlon. 1/2 mile swim, 18 mile bike, 4 mile run. I was in the Athena class, which is for bitches that weigh more than 150. Hey, at least it wasn’t “Thunderthigh” class, which is for guys that weigh 185-200!! LOL
I was unable to sleep the entire night (including worries about not wearing the right sports bra) and finally gave up and left at 5 AM. Well, left too late to get good parking – the lot opened at 4:30 AM and it was insane.
Long story short, finally got to the transition area, unpacked all my stuff, squished into my wetsuit and gabbed with coworkers (I am part of the triathlon team at work).
Enough words. Here is my triathlon experience being told in image format. Thank you to photographer Jason Hullinger for being my own personal paparazzi. Because this is a ‘celebrity’ triathlon, there were paparazzi everywhere. AND I HAD MY OWN. Click the pictures if you wish to see a larger size.
And there you have it. The only downside was there was a wretched headwind. I was doing well over 21MPH on the course, then turned back and was reduced to 15-17 MPH 🙁 I would have had 10+ minutes off my bike time if it were not for such a bad headwind.
Here are my stats:
Clock Time 02:33:47
Overall Place 1272 / 1559
Gender Place 374 / 547
Division Place 12 / 19
I WAS NOT LAST!!! VICTORY!