|Tri4SuccessMom and IronTexasMommy|
With the hour-and-a-half drive to Decatur, TX and correlating early wake-up, it seemed prudent to ask the boys whether they wanted to come along or stay with my dad. The little one chose a day with Paw-Paw while Julian wanted to witness his mom's first triathlon. All the usual pre-race stuff was taken care of in terms of fueling the body, loading up the gear, and hitting the road with plenty of time to spare.
Julian's last kids tri.
|Angelia just after entering the water in the top lane.|
This went fairly well with only the small mistake of stepping on the transition mat with wet, grass-covered feet leaving her with no clean spot to stand while getting her shoes on. Next time it'll be towel first then transition mat! This combined with the lack of anything to grasp and a body recovering from overheating led to some balance issues while getting her socks and shoes on. She ran out of transition with her bike looking ready to go but a traffic jam at the mount line slowed things for a moment.
With only 8mi for the bike leg, it didn't seem like this segment would present too much of a challenge and indeed she came in on the faster end of what we projected. Apparently the course did have some toughness to it, especially considering this is a beginners' event. Stretches of rough pavement were reported as well as it being a bit hillier than anticipated. Check out this video where you can see Ang running to T1 at the 0:55 mark and on the bike at the 1:28 mark.
As a side note, while Angelia was out on the bike course Julian and I stood next to Shannon applauding each and every athlete as they came running towards transition from the pool. The looks on their faces tell so many varying stories. Shannon is such an enthusiastic volunteer, truly excited for these people and the journey they're beginning. I appreciated having a moment to share in that. Very inspiring.
Angelia came flying in towards transition and had no problems with the dismount, unclipping a little early but not excessively so. This being a rookie event you could see the fear in many as they had both feet unclipped and were slowing heavily a solid 200m from the dismount line. As for Ang's transition, this one went very well. The bike was on the rack in a flash, shoes changed, and she grabbed her Rockwall Running Center Race Team shirt to put on while running.
Sponges were being handed out at the exit from transition and Angelia took advantage. While the athletes clearly appreciated the opportunity to help control their body temps it should be pointed out that the weather that day was awesome! When it has been triple-digits out recently and you manage to get a whole triathlon in with cloudy skies, minimal direct sunlight, lower wind speeds, and just flat-out great conditions you can't help being thankful, both as a competitor and a spectator.
Ang said the run started off uphill right away and her legs felt like bricks for about a mile and a quarter. Replaying everything she ever heard from her running coach in her head is what kept her pushing through. Most popular mantra? "Suck it up." Gotta love Coach B. Eventually the legs did start to open up but she didn't push it opting to hold it steady to the finish. Angelia came in right on target with a time of 1:06:39 for the event. Big congrats! Afterwards she said the run was the hardest segment for her but she's making great progress since the scary episode with the atypical migraine. It's only a matter of time before her running returns to form and she knocks minutes off these times. Congratulations to her and all the first-timers that slayed the triathlon dragon that day!
|Look, I got a water!!! ..... and some bling too.|
|Angelia, Julian, and Vicki (another runner from our area that did her first triathlon)|