Time for Heidi to Tri

I have signed up to participate in a triathlon super sprint August 9, 2009. (250yds swim, 9 mile bike ride, & 5k run) Event Info
I am also part of a 2 month training program via the YMCA and would like to keep somewhat of a journal available on our site.
Training Info: ACT II (Anyone Can Tri)

My initial thoughts for signing up were originally just to get some great training. I wasn't too focused on that actual event, but more the desire to have a coach push me and get my bahookey moving.  It only took 3 days of training and one lecture to motivate me to actually sign up for the triathlon. I am such a sucker. :-)

Training

 

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Weekly

 

 plan/actual

5/25

5/26

5/27

5/28

5/29

5/30

5/31

Total

 

Swim

 

30/20

 

30/30

 

30/30

30/30

120/110

Week

Bike

30/40

 

30/40

 

30/0

45+/60

30/30

140/170

1

Run/ Walk

20/30

30/30

 

30/30

 

/60

30/0

125/150

Base

Strength

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cross Train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment

 

 

lecture

 

off 

bike clinic

 

 

Week 1 Notes: The first week was a bit difficult fitting all of the new activity into my schedule. Alan really pitched in by making sure I had the time to do the required activities for the program. I was really tired by the end of the week and have been sleeping like a baby.  I have been walking on the run days, since I have not run an inch in about 25 years! 

I attended my 1st swim coaching session on Thursday and yes I can swim. However, it seems I only breathe by turning my head to the left, not so efficient apparently. Thus explains why I sometimes get dizzy or light headed. Coach gave me some drills to help with my kicking, breathing on both sides and keeping my head down. This was wonderful, as I don't think I have had swim instruction since I was about 6. Sore muscles and plenty of baths were on the agenda for the week.

On the weekends we all go for family bike rides. We were out for a very long one on Saturday. Anya trucked along about 4 or 5 miles on here little Disney Princess bike with training wheels.  (is it child abuse to have your 4 yr old go on a 4 mile bike ride with slight hills?)  She enjoys it for about 3 miles and then the nightmare kicks in.  Guess we know what our limits are. Alan and Lars of course could ride all day.

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Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Weekly

 

 

6/1

6/2

6/3

6/4

6/5

6/5

6/6

Total

 

Swim

 

30/30

 

30/30

 

20/30

30/30

110/120

Week

Bike

30/30

 

30+/30

 

30+/0

30/90

30/0

140/150

2

Run /Walk

30/30

30/30

 

30/30

 

10+/60

30/30

135/180

 

Strength

 

 

 

 

 

 

/30 

/30

Base

Cross Train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment

swim lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2 Notes: I now kind of have a rhythm going and this isn't so bad. Finding time to fit it all in is the biggest challenge.  A couple of days a week, I am able to either ride bikes or walk with Lisa after work. That is a huge motivation for me to have a friend go along. Lisa is also training for the same Triathlon, but is training on her own. She is super woman compared to my schedule, but she is still finding time to train with me too. It has been hot in the afternoons, so when out exercising it can really wipe you out.

Anya has been my "swim coach".  We go to our neighborhood pool and she stand atop the pool at the end of my swim lane. I tell her how I should be swimming (per coaches orders) and have her tell me how I did each time I return to her end. Without hesitation, she informs me that I was bending my legs too much, didn't breathe on both sides all of the time and I was popping my head up.  I then asked her to count the number of strokes too. Anything to keep her busy for 30 min.

Saturday, Lars and I were up at 6:30 and everyone else was sleeping. We decided to go for a walk. We explored the neighborhood for about an hour, with the occasional run intertwined in our walk. Later that morning, we dropped Anya off at the Y daycare and the boys and I went for approximately 10-12 mile bike ride. It was wonderful to be out in the morning in the woods and on various paths! Lars did great and wanted to keep going, but we had to go back to pick up Anya.  The entire family has been a super support system.

We set goals in our class this week for each sport.
My personal short term goals: Bike - to use gears appropriately, Swim - do 100yds without rest, Run - to run at least 50% of the time
My personal long term goal: Finish the race in August!

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Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Weekly

RUN CLINIC

 

6/8

6/9

6/10

6/11

6/12

6/13

6/14

Total

 

Swim

 

45/30 

 

45/20 

 /20 

30/0 

/30 

110/100

Week

Bike

30/0 

 

30/20 

 

30/0  

30/0 

/75 

140/95

3

Run

30+/80

30/0 

20/20

30/30 

30/30 

 

 

135/160

 

Strength

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

light

Cross Train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment

clinic

 

walk

walk

OFF/ON

/OFF 

OFF/ON

 

Week 3 Notes: This week has been more of a challenge. With work, dental appointments and a vacation, it is a bit tougher to fit it all in. I was very optimistic thinking I would get all activities in while on vacation at Great Wolf Lodge. They have swimming and an indoor fitness center. Well, that wasn't reality. There was plenty of water time, but not really any pool to swim in. Just waterslides and crowded wave pool. I did what I could when I found a moment, but swimming was very inconsistent. I did not make it to the fitness center for biking either, but I did get in walk time. I also hiked several flights of stairs too many times to count. This of course was to reach the top of the fun waterslides that were about 5 stories up. Sunday was a good make up day. Alan and I dropped the kids at the YMCA and got in a good 10+ mile bike ride and I went to our neighborhood pool to fit in my 30 min of swim.  I feel better now.  I still need to work on my breathing from both sides while swimming and I really need to practice running!

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Swim  clinic

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Weekly

Boot Camp

 

6/15

6/16

6/17

6/18

6/19

6/20

6/21

Total

 

Swim

 

45/rain

 

45 /40

 

30/30

 

120/70

Week

Bike

30/0

 

30 /30

 

 

30/30

45/40

120/100

4

Run

30/20

20+ /40

10 /15

 

30/30

20/20

 

60/125

 

Strength

60/0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment

Boot

walk

 

 

walk

Swim

 

25%run

 

 

camp

optional

lecture 

 

 

 Clinic

OFF/ON

 

Week 4 Notes: I really enjoyed this week of training. I didn't get off to the best start on Monday, but sure did well the remainder of the week. I worked late on Monday and didn't feel well, so actually missed the boot camp training. I was very disappointed, but didn't beat myself up over it (for too long).  Tuesday morning was very stormy, so no pool to swim in. I didn't have time later in the evening to make up the swim session. By Wednesday, I was back on track. I had a great swim session with the coach on Thursday. It is amazing how a little instruction can make it all seem easier.  Apparently, I swim very flat. Meaning I kinda have a stiff body and when it comes time to breath out the side, I really have to turn to get that breath. Coach gave me a few drills to follow and some tips. Following that, I did a few laps and voila "I can breath nearly effortlessly!"  I am so thrilled, I can't wait to swim again. Just the subtle differences in a stroke and it helps so much. Friday, I just walked rather than run. I just need to get in my mind that running is easy.  I know I can do it, but again it is taking effort.

Saturday was way too much fun!  We did a mini mini triathlon, kinda.  We had swim clinic at 8am and there was a under water video shooting us swim.  This way we can do analysis of our own stroke. I can't wait to see that. We did many drills and laps, but it was fun learning how to switch lanes. We will need to switch lanes, during the actual race. Immediately following the swim, we went for our 30 min bike ride. Followed by a 20 min run. I walked most of the way, but threw in a little jog here and there. It has been hot this week, so getting the workout done in the mornings is ideal. I didn't quite manage that on Sunday, as it was father's day. I waited until about 6:30pm and oh man was it hot. I came back dripping wet, but had a great ride.  I am sure enjoying this training!____________________________________________________________________________
 

 

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Weekly

 

 

6/22

6/23

6/24

6/25

6/26

6/27

6/28

Total

 

Swim

 

45/40

 

45/0

 

30/30

 

120/70    

Week

Bike

45/75

 

30/60

 

 

45/45

/60

120/240

5

Run

30/30

 

60/60

 

30/20

20/30

 

110/140

   build

Strength

30/20

 

 

30/0

 

 

 

 

 

Cross Train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment

 

 

walk 

 

OFF 

 

OFF

 

Week 5 Notes: Biking is getting more and more fun with the support and company of family and friends. I am meeting up with Lisa now and again after work for our rides. Sometimes Alan and I get to meet up too, gotta take advantage of the kids being at summer camp. Alan and I have been riding Umstead Park more often after my introduction last week. We are enjoying the challenging hills up as well as the fast pace down. It's seems to be easiest to fit in biking.

Swimming is wonderful, but has been far more of a challenge this week due to the Y pool closing for an unknown amount of time. They did offer up the pools at other Y's, but they are so far out of the way. The early mornings are best for me to swim, 5:30am, but our neighborhood pool doesn't open until 8am. My work schedule has been extra busy and evening activities have clashed, so it is a little disappointing. I'm not going to dwell on it, just going to try and figure out how to fit it in.  I am still not the rock star runner, but do little bits here and there. I really am hoping to run more and more, as that is an activity that can be done anywhere. The kids enjoy going along with me.

Lars has announced that he would like to do the triathlon with me. I think he is capable, but I am not sure I want to worry about him while I am trying to race. I suggested that he train with me for a while and then he can decide how he likes it. If he does like it, then we can do another one together, after my race. So, Saturday he and I were up early and to the pool for laps. He did a few laps, but didn't seem to enjoy. He wanted to know when we could jump off of the side and play with the rockets. :-)   Immediately following, after a short drive to the park, we rode bikes. He wanted to go to Umstead Park, as he kept hearing mommy and daddy speak of the challenging hills. We rode in a couple of miles and then the hills began. Lars loved going down them, but when it was time to go up that was a different story. He couldn't seem to get into the correct gear, but I kept going to the top. I wanted to be sure I could do it and he was still within eye shot. After the 6+mile ride, he said maybe he doesn't want to do a triathlon after all. We skipped the running and I went later in the day.  He does love biking and we all go together, but we probably need someone other than mommy trying to help him with the hills. I am still trying to get that perfected myself.
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Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Weekly

 

 

6/29

6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

Total

 

Swim

 

45/40

 

45/0

/40 

30/30 

 

120/110

Week

Bike

30+/30

 

30+/50

 

 

30/60 

 

120/140

6

Run

20+/20

 

20+/30

 

/60 

20/30 

 

60/140

light

Strength

30/0

 

 

30/0

 

 

 

60/0

 

Cross Train

 

 

 

 

OFF

 

OFF

 

 

Comment

walk 

 

walk 

OFF 

walk 

 walk 

 

 

Week 6 Notes:

Over all, I am still very excited and motivated, but finding this week I am very tired. I havenít been sleeping well and sometimes waking up at 3:30 or 4am and not able to go back to sleep. I am thinking it is work stress and not exercise, but ya never know. I will try to keep track of food and water to rule that out too.   Saturday, I did everything backwards.  I first rode the bike, then went swimming and later in the day did a walk. The entire family is motivated and joining me now and again for a bike ride, walk or swim. Lars and I swam laps together on Saturday, until Lars became frustrated and sat off to the side. He still shows interest, but I don't want to push him. I told him it would be better for him to have someone other than mommy or daddy coaching him. If he really wants to do a race we can get him coaching. There is a Kidz triathlon in a few weeks (50yds swim, 2 mi bike and .5 mi run) Lars could do that with his eyes closed, but he is hesitant to commit. No problem, there are loads of races to choose from and many years of his life to make the choice. :-)

Bike:    
I am loving Umstead Park, probably too much.  I find it so peaceful there and I just keep going and going. Obviously biking is not an issue for me and I notice each time that those hills arenít as bad as the last time. I am really figuring out how to shift and that is making a big difference.
Swim: 
With the main pool closed it has been a little challenging getting to the pool. I did make it Tues at 5:45am, but Thursday just didnít happen. I did however go on Friday morning, so that should be okay.   I really need to work on swimming more than 50yds without a rest, so I am going to try to swim more often. 
Run:     I really donít enjoy the running, but I keep thinking this is the one thing that will really help me drop some pounds. When I am with the group training, it seems to come easier for me rather then when I am on my own. I donít know how to mentally motivate myself. Maybe the run clinic next week will help.  I do however love to walk and can do so for a long time, so I can walk in the race if need be.

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Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Weekly

TRACK

 

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

Total

 

Swim

 

45/45

 

45/35

 

30/30

 

120/110

Week

Bike

45/50

 

45/45

30/45

 

45/45

 

165/185

7

Run/walk

30/60

 

45/45

 

30/30

20/20

 

125/155

build

Strength

30/30

 

 

 

30/20

 

 

60/50

 

Cross Train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment

 

 

track

 

 

 

OFF

 

Week 7 Notes:

I did the Swim-Bike-Run Saturday and accomplished a milestone. I did all 3 of the 200ís without stopping at the wall! My coach liberated my mind and let me know it is okay to do breast stroke, when I feel I need more breath. That also allowed me to let go of that WALL and keep going, just knowing I can take a breath when I need to.  I did 75 free style, 50 breast, 50 free, and 25 breast.  My average was about 5 min for 200, so I guess I better get cracking to improve by the race.  I just feel like I can do it now, just baby steps.  I think I will have a new short term goal involved with this one. J 

Biking is not an issue, I love it and can't get enough of Umstead Park!

Running, is a work in progress.  We had the track night this week and it did do some short runs, so I will get there eventually.

Sunday morning Lars and I were up at 5am and headed out to Volunteer at Triangle Triathlon. I wanted to see what one was like and Lars did too. We worked for about 5 hours total, with a break here and there to explore. We set up all of the food for the racers at the finish line. This particular one was an open swim at the lake, mine will be in a pool. Much better !  We had a blast and Lars kept looking at the back of everyone's legs to see how old they were. He wanted to spot the youngest kid running the race and we spotted and 11year old.  Lars was very inspired and is interested in racing too. I have looked up a few triathlons for kids, so we will see if he still has interest after I race.

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Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Weekly

UMSTEAD

 

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/19

Total

 

Swim

 

45/45

 

45/0

 

30/30

 

120/70

Week

Bike

45/60

30/30

 

30/30

 

45/55

 

150/175

8

Run

20/20

 

60/70

 

30/30

20/40

 

130/160

peak

Strength

30/10

 

 

 

30/20

 

 

60/30

 

Cross Train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment

 

 

track

 

 

 

OFF

 

Week 8 Notes:

New Goals:
My personal short term goals (next 4 weeks): Bike - to increase endurance and speed up hills, Swim Ė to swim 250 without rest and mostly freestyle, Run Ė (same as last time) to run at least 50% of the time.
My personal long term goal: Finish the race in 2 hours or less! Oh my goodness, I can't believe I am really going to put a time on myself. When I signed up for all of this, I really just wanted the training. A couple of weeks in, I thought maybe I should go ahead and run the race. Now, I am actually putting a time.  :-) 

Monday our Umstead ride was great. We did about 12 miles (6 out and 6 back).  We raced back through those monster hills and the moment, the VERY moment we returned back to our starting point....we hopped off our bikes and immediately began our run. My legs felt like dead weight, but they seemed to keep me moving.  I can't believe I really ran.  I walked too, but running wasn't as bad as I thought. 

Tuesday was swimming our 1300yd workout and oh that was something.  Those drills where you kick with no kick board and no use of arms are tiring. I think I am getting the hang of this stuff, but oh do I like to sleep in too.  This getting up at 5:15 and 5:30 is not as easy as it once was.  After working out in the morning, rushing home to get the kids ready for camp. Take them to camp, go to work, after work fit in a 30min bike ride near camp. Picked up the kids at 5:15pm and straight to swim lessons for Anya, 6:10pm home to fix quick dinner and then back out at 7:15pm to get Lars to his junior competitor swim class.  We finally arrived home at 8:30pm and got the kids to bed. Not even a moment later I was in bed and fast asleep. This will be the schedule for this week and next, until swimming sessions are over for the kids. UGH! What was I thinking when I signed them up?  LOL oh well, we are all having a great time.

Wednesday was the track workout.  I met up with Anita at 6am and we did it.  I actually did the entire workout and actually ran. I may need to keep it up so I can make my new goal of running at least 50% of the time on race day. Oh this is so exciting.  Thursday/Friday were a bit tough for me to get much done. Alan was away for his motorcycle track day and I had trouble fitting it all in. I do so appreciate his support and help with all of my training.  I purchased some Tri shorts this week, so now I am some shorts I can swim in and then immediately hop on the bike and go.

Saturday, I was back in full swing. I dropped the kids at the Y game room and went for a refreshing swim and fabulous 13 mile bike ride. Oh, I just love the trees and the fresh air. My legs are getting pretty solid, just like the old days of riding my bike to work in San Francisco. :-)  I am a bit older, but my muscles are returning! My run time today was actually a really long walk instead. I didn't have time to do the run with the kids at the Y, so I went later in the day.

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Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Weekly

Transition

 

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

Total

 

Swim

 

45/40

 

45/40

 

45/45

 

135/125

Week

Bike

30/45

 

45/45

 

 

30/60

 

105/150

9

Run

30/30

 

20/20

 

 

20/30

 

70/80

light

Strength

30/30

 

 

30/0

 

 

 

60/30

 

Cross Train

 

 

 

 

OFF

 

OFF

 

 

Comment

 

 

 

lecture

 

 

 

 

Week 9 Notes:
Oh what a week! the kids has swim lessons again this week, so every day was LONG. Up at 5 or 5:30am and home by about 8:30pm.  Monday morning I was up and at the YMCA by 5:30 am, did my time on the treadmill and then hit the weights for my strength training. Later that night, I had time to fit in my bike ride between thunderstorms. It was a great day and I was full of energy this day. As of Tuesday the work from the previous week really toll on me. I was so tired when I got up at 5:15am for my swim time, I really questioned if I could finish the workout. I thought for sure I had just hit my max and that is all there was to it. Wednesday I was still exhausted, so I opted to sleep in and save my workout for 8pm after the lecture that nite. Lucky for me I did, as I found out during the lecture that I should indeed be tired this week. I did manage to get my work out in that evening.  Thursday was a good day. I timed my 100yd swim again, just to be sure the time I entered for the race was accurate. I cut it down by about 15 seconds from 2min 20sec to 2min 5 sec. 

Saturday was incredible.  We spent from 7-8 am reviewing transition information. We arrived as if it were race day to the Y parking lot. We set up our bikes as if it were the "real" transition area. On a towel next to our bikes we each placed our items for either bike or run segments. Our helmet and sunglasses were to hang from the handle bars.   We simulated the race by going to the top of the parking lot, spinning three times and running down in our swim suits with goggles and cap in hand. The spinning was about the same feeling we should have after our swim session.  We ran over to our bikes and put on our shoes. Okay, lesson learned for me...have shoes already untied! LOL   We ran our bikes to the transition line and then hopped on, went for a ride and then off prior to crossing that transition line again. Then park the bike, and off to run.  We did this full drill a few times and I must say it was a little bit of a work out and it was HOT.  After the 1 hour transition clinic, we began our swim clinic.

We had about 45 min in the pool to simulate race day with about 20 or so of our group. We all lined up by our swim times and ever 10 seconds one person pushed off.  We went up and back in lane 1 and then under the rope to go up/back in lane 2.  Actual race day we will do 5 lanes up/back, but we didn't have access to the full pool.  The water was CRAZY, waves and splashes everywhere. We did this drill a few times as well as practicing switching lanes under water. This was a great thing to do, as it will be very similar on race day. I did manage to gulp in quite a bit of water when I thought I was turning to breath air, instead a wave crashed in my mouth.  Later in the afternoon, I drove out to Chapel Hill and rode the actual bike course. I did it in about 43 minutes and it was very hilly and about 100 degrees out.  Hopefully on race day I can do the same.  ____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Weekly

 Swim Clinic

 

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

Total

 

Swim

 

45/30

 

45/45

 

30/0

 

120/75

Week

Bike

45/45

30/30

 

30/40

 

60/60

30

165/175

10

Run

20/20

 

60/60

 

30/30

20/25

 

130/135

peak

Strength

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reno- Vacation

 

 

Comment

 

easy

track

 

 

clinic

 

 

Week 10 Notes:  This week was a bit of a challenge to fit it all in, but I came pretty darn close.  I knew we were flying out west after work on Wednesday, so I planned ahead. I found a bike rental shop as well as public pools. As it turned out, Alan's cousin Nicky had a free pass to her gym for my swim. And Uncle Albert and Aunt Gina each had a bike I could borrow. The earlier part of the week, I made sure to get in the work outs in the morning. Wednesday was a track work out, so I was at the middle school by 5:30am running in the dark with the sprinklers surprising me now and again. It was interesting and a bit creepy for about 10 min, then along came another runner. It was Tim from my Tri training group. He lapped me time and time again as he is a "runner". I was doing the work out for walk/runner, and I am coming along. Not quite a superb runner, but I gave it my all.  In Reno, I tried to get my exercise done in the mornings as it was 100+ each day. It was so nice being in a town where there are real bicycle lanes for miles.  Nicky and I went to her gym Thursday afternoon for the swim. I didn't fit my swim in on Saturday as it was a busy day and I didn't have access to the pool early in the morning.  I was thinking the altitude in Reno would impact my breathing, but nada. I was just fine!

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Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun  

Weekly

 

 

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9   

Total

 

Swim

 

45/40

 

30

10

10

 

85/125

Week

Bike

30

/30

20

 

20

20

 

70/150

11

Run

20

/20

10

 

10

10

 

40/80

taper

Strength

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cross Train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race

 

Week 11 Notes: Well, this is it!  I am so nervous and excited all at the same time.  We flew back from the west coast on Monday, so I popped Coach Suzy an email to request I combine Mon/Tues work out. She said not a problem, but be sure I "taper" this week and not try and over compensate. As it turns out, I only fit in the swim that day. I was so exhausted from the trip. I did fit in all of the other work outs this week. It was strange to have such a light schedule, but a nice break. I was so excited about the race all week. Friday I found out my swim time and race bib number. Saturday arrived and I was restless, but it was helpful to go out to the race site to pick up my race packet. There was also an informational meeting. Alan the kids and I walked around to see how it was all set up. I just wanted Sunday to hurry and get here. I had all of my things prepared and ready to go for the race. Saturday night I was up about every hour looking at my watch, afraid I was going to oversleep.

Race Day  Sunday 8/9/09   I am bib # 326 and my swim start time is 8:04:10am
Finally at 4:22am, I gave up trying to sleep and just got up. I made 2 bottles of Gatorade, 1 water and 1/2 peanut butter sandwich. I didn't really have an appetite, but I knew I needed something.  I arrived at the race site around 5:45am and parked near 5 others that trained with me, 2 of which have done a tri before. They were pretty calm, but those of us 1st timers had a few butterflies. I set up my transition area, got my body marked up and picked up my computer chip for my ankle.  Now it was time to wait, and wait and wait.

The race started at 7am, but my start time was 8:04:10am. I was to report to the pool 15 min prior to my start time. Lisa and Michael arrived around 7:30 am and it was so good to see them. They took loads of photos, but we will see how many I can share. Not sure I want the world to see my in my swim suit:-)  We were chatting away and Lisa snapped a picture of me from her phone. She stated, this is you 13 min prior to your start. OOOPS!  I had to run to the pool, I was late.  I rushed off and got my hair wet to put on my swim cap. I lined up inside the pool area and just glanced out the door, there were Alan and the kids. Alan made some AWESOME t-shirts with my race number and "go mommy go!", as well as all of the race info. They were incredible. Time for me to go into the pool area.

Every 10 seconds another racer jumped into the pool and got the 5 second countdown and off they go. It seemed to take forever, but then next thing you know it was my turn (AHHHHH!  what am I doing????)  5-4-3-2-1-go...off I go into the chaos of the pool, swimming my 250 yds. After the 1st lap, I felt much better and more relaxed, "let's do it!". I hopped out of the pool and ran out the door. I was so jazzed and disoriented. I could here people yelling my name, but couldn't see anyone. They were all around me, but it was all I could do to focus on finding the path and not slipping down the hill.  After a few seconds I regained my focus and saw my coach cheering me on as I entered the transition area.  I ran to my bike, on with the socks, shoes, helmet sunglasses and run to the bike start. That was a bit of a hike running with the bike prior to getting on.

Once I was on it was up a big, I mean big hill. My heart was pumping so fast. I then got to ride down the back side of the big hill and turn left at the bottom. The volunteer and police officer at the bottom made sure we turned the right way and yelled at me to be sure and use my brakes. LOL   what, this is a race? I of course did opt to use them when I looked at my speedometer at 28mph... it felt good to have the wind... a little zig and zag through a gorgeous neighborhood and then it was hitting some more rolling hills.  After about 3 miles, I realized I forgot to put on my shirt. Oh well, biked around Chapel Hill in my swim suit. For a couple of miles I didn't see anyone on their bike in front or behind me. For a split second I thought I was on the wrong road, but then I see another police officer and volunteer to guide the way. There was also an EMS (emergency) vehicle hovering around too.  I laughed inside thinking "hope they aren't waiting for me". The bike ride seemed to be over in a flash and as I approached the end of the ride I hear "go Heidi, Go mommy!".  My eyes filed with tears of joy and accomplishment instantly and made me put more energy into my legs to pump harder. Alan, the kids, Lisa and Michael were on the side of the road yelling and cheering. I really have never  competed in my life and I think I love it. Really I love the support and cheers! :-)  My coach was there cheering me too, I told her I was going to cry. She said "don't cry you will get dehydrated, save it for after the run!".  Gotta love her! 

Side note about my coach Suzy Pantlin:  not only did she train a group of 25+ people, but all 4 of her kids raced in this event as well (Nicholas 10, Alexander 12, Eric 15 and Lara 17).  Her daughter placed 1st in her age group and her son Nick placed 3rd in his.  3 or 4 of our team mates placed 1st in their age groups and a couple placed 2nd or 3rd.  So out of about 30 people she trained 20-25% won awards.

After I racked my bike I put on my race number belt and my shirt! and it was out the back gate to the run.  It was up a little hill then down down down... I so enjoyed the down, but then realized I had to go up up up that hill on my return. No time to think about that now... I jogged and walked fast off and on. My knee was sounding off a bit and it became very hot out all of the sudden.  The first water station at .75 miles was a life saver, one cup in my mouth and the other over my head.  So many supportive people cheering and giving "ata girls" from every direction. It was like one big team of 500people.  It was great that about 30 of us trained together and really were there as a team. It seemed the 1st half of the run took forever and on the return, I just kicked it in to get back. I jogged most of the way back, excluding those up up up hills I previously mentioned.  Once I made it to the top of the last hill, it was about 3 blocks down and around to the finish.  I could hear others names being announced and chills went all over my body. I knew I was going to hear my name too!  About 1 minute later I rounded the corner and spotted the finish. Loads of people from my training team and family/friends were cheering me on. I heard my name over the loud speaker "And now coming in is Heidi Wagoner from Apex, NC!"  I just had a huge smile, raised my arms and thought "I did it, I really did it!"  I am still full of emotion and so glad I did this for me. No one asked me to and I don't even remember why I did.  I started out just wanting to get some training and exercise and look how others can motivate you. You can do anything you put your mind to.

I must admit, this entire program helped me to cope and channel energy due to the family losses and changes to our lives.  Thank goodness for this opportunity and my learning's.

My Race Results:  472 people ran the race. Overall women I placed 183.  
131 for the swim, 151 for bike and 184 for Runs. Looks like I need to work on that RUN. :-)  better sign up for another one.

Place Bib S NAME CITY/STATE Rank SWIM T1 Rank BIKE T2 Rank RUN
183 326 F HEIDI WAGONER APEX NC 131 0:05:47 0:02:40 151 0:40:54 0:01:35 184 0:42:01

results page on the event web page

13 min before swim start Alan and the kids in the shirts they made to support me. Exiting the swim and running down the wet hill to the bikes Riding in to the bike end and loads of cheers yards away from the finish as they announce my name Ta da! WOW! Just seconds after I finished and I am still in a daze. Alan presented me with a trophy he had made and the Team Wagoner Shirt! Time to pack up my bike Go Mommy! Team Wagoner The trophy Alan had made  My coach Suzy Pantlin on the right and her daughter Lara (she placed 1st in her age group)