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Yesterday I added a new title, I am now officially a triathlete! I completed the Philly Women's tri. I have a feeling this race report is going to be along one so bare with me!!!<br><br><b>Pre-race stuff</b><br>
My nerves were kicking before this race, days before!!!! Sat afternoon I met with my coach and he assured me I put the time and training in and would be fine! Sat morning I got up, headed over early and got my body marked. It was about then that it was all really hitting me, what I was about to do! Got my transition area set up and met up with 2 friends who were doing the race as a relay team. Got to jump in the water for alittle warm up and it was my first time in the water in my wetsuit. Not sure that I should have tried it race day for the first time but I think it worked in my favor. Got to the swim start area, ended up meeting up with a lady who used to post on CR and was my motivation to ever even consider a tri! Had a really nice talk with her and she calmed me quite a bit.<br><br><b>The Swim</b><br>
It was my turn to jump in. I was in the second to last wave. For those who don't know me, I am NOT a swimmer, in Jan I could not even swim one lap. Now, in the pool I can bang out some good swims. Open water isa differnet story, I did get to practice in a local lake once so I wasn't totally freaked out. But once that horn blew, yikes! I got kicked, punched, pushed, you name it! And, I freaked, I paniced! At one point I had to roll over on my back and just calm myself. I finally told myself to shut up and do it, there was no other choice! Still alternated breast stroke and free and was getting discouraged. Then I heard my dear friend Auntie Moe's voice in my head, telling my goal was to get from point to point, how it happened no long mattered. I finally saw the turn and was thrilled. The exit was horrible, a huge step up onto a rock. The girl in front of my stumbled, which made me lose my footing, a volunteer had to yank me up and out but not before cracking my foot on the rock. I got out of the water and the first thing I saw or heard was my DH, yelling and screaming and it was the best sights and sounds I ever! My reply to him was "I hate swimming!!!". Farther up the exit I begin to see the rest of my cheering section, my swim buddy Kelly and my inspirational wonderwoman Theia. I get to my transition area to find that someone decided to move my stuff, nice huh? Finally found my sunglasses and head out, as I exit transition, I see some more of my cheering section, my good luck charm Sauconrunner and her daughter!!!<br><br><b>The bike</b><br>
Ok, again for those of you who don't know me, I didn't even own a bike till a month ago. I was terrified to ride on the road and literally could only turn left!!! So teh last month I have hammered it out on the bike, and now it is one of my favorite things to do! So get moving, I am passing people, people are passing me, it's all good. But I still feel a bit out of sorts, I can't get my mind out of the water and on the road. About 3 miles in I settle down. I got to the other side of the river and it was sort of lonely. Then all of a sudden I see on the other side of a wall a sign that says "Go Lori!!" The closer I get I see it is attached to my enthusiastic supported Solar! She yelled "I am on the wrong side" and all I could think was "No you aren't", I needed that boost on that quiet side. It was perfect!!! Get around my first loop and see my cheerleaders, this time joined by my family, it was a little overwhleming to me and I just smiled and rode on. Second loop I am feeling slow, I am getting passed! Then like a lightbulb I realize I am in the wrong gear! I switch it up and BOOM! Everything falls into place. Head around again, again get a boost from Solar on the long lonely ride back to the transition. It really was better than any gel or energy drink I could have had!!!! Make it back to transition and see my friend who was relaying it, her thousand watt smile was a welcomed site!!! I rack my bike, grab some sport beans and realize I now need to run!<br><br><b>The run</b><br>
My legs are not moving, or at least I don't think they are but I am all of a sudden out on the road. Each step is painful, that whacking of the foot is coming back to haunt me. About a half a mile down the road I hear my name, a friend of mine who I didn't expect to see showed up on bike to ride near the race course and give me some support, Jennifer Grace, I love ya!!!! Then I see my husband ride by me and again, his smile was exactly what I needed! I see my relay runner friend and she is feeling the heat but looking strong (she PRed!!!). All of a sudden I am in the sun, it is about 90 with 80% humidity. I hear another vioce in my head now, my NYCrunner saying "Get comfortable with being uncomfortable", so I do!!!! I get to the turn around, a local running club was manning the water station there. They were amazing!!! They cheered, they fueled, they pumped me up!!! Then I see DH, he rides next to me for about a half a mile. He takes my mind off my throbbing foot and the heat. With less than a mile to go he takes off to be at the finish. Now there are a lot of women who already finished on the sides cheering us in! I start talking to the girl next to me, we tough it out together, and I make the turn into the finish. The crowd was awesome!!! The noise was amazing but I look up see signs with my name and hear "There she is!" Next thing I know over the PA system I hear "And here she is! It's Lori....the mad scientist....go Beaker!" At this point I am jumping up and down, my arms are in the air, I am thrilled and I see my loved ones and every ache, pain, ever doubt I had, it's all gone! I am finsihed! I get my medal, have to wait a bit cause they could not get my chip off, but I finally get out. My relay friends are right there, hugs and smiles! I see my DH riding up, and I just hug him!!!! He is the most amazing person, he is so supportive and so inspirational, and I can't even tell him how much it all means to me, I have no words! Then over his shoulder I see my friends. More hugs and smiles and it's all good!<br><br><b>Post race</b><br>
As I am walking with my relay folks to get some food it hits me, and I get emotional, welled up a bit, and realized I had done something I really didn't think I could. What a great feeling!!! Grabbed some grub and headed for home, where my cheering section would be joining me for some R&R in the pool. I got home and decided to check out my foot, took my shoe off and saw a lovely red sock. Got that off and realized I didn't just bang my foot, I ripped a chunk off of it. No matter, threw a bandaid on and heded to the pool. It was an amazing day, lots of fun in the pool, tons of food, and I was surrounded by the best people!!!<br><br><b>The day after</b><br>
My foot is a mess!!! Nice and swollen and cut, but I am proud of it, the mark of hard work. My final time was 2:07:09, I was hoping for under 2 but I'll take it! I learned a lot, I met some fantastic women, I pushed myself beyond what I ever thought I would and most importanly, I enjoyed it!!!!<br><br>
So if you have gotten this far, thank you! I owe a lot of people thankyou's but I couldn't possibly get it all in! I will just say that the people from the 30's board have become my friends, they have inspired me in so many ways, they have shared their ups and downs and I have learned a little something from each story. Each and everyone of you was with me yesterday and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have meant to me!!!<img alt="love7.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/love7.gif">
 

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You are one gutsy lady!<br><br>
Your race report just made me cry, that's so awesome! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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way to go!!!! you get extra points for swimming in the Schyullkill.
 

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You've given me a glimmer that a nonswimmer, nonbike rider like me could think about a tri someday.<br><br>
Excellent job. It's awesome you had so many great people cheering you on!
 

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Too cool, <b>Beaker</b>! Congratulations on an awesome day's work!
 

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Pretty cool. One of the things I've discovered over the last 4 or 5 weeks using a bicycle for crosstraining purposes is that after I get off of it, I'm amazed that there are these people who are able to begin running after that. Yeah, cycling and running may use different muscles, but with the way the thighs feel initially after getting off the bike, it must be tough getting the legs moving in a running stride.
 

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<b>Beaker!!</b> It was an absolute honor to be in your cheering section yesterday! YOU are the inspiration, my dear.<br><br><span style="font-size:x-large;">WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!</span>
 

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Way to go!!! That is so awesome. And swimming in the Schyullkill? Yay! You totally rock. What an awesome race. Oh, and a side shout out to all the 30s who showed up to cheer. You rock too.
 

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Lori...nice, very nice. Feels good to push that personal envelope some doesn't it.
 

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I sure hope I don't meet up with you in a dark alley because you are one bad mofo!! Congratulations!<br><br>
(If this were a duathlon, I'd make some crack about how you go both ways now)
 

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Beaker-babe!<br><br>
Awesome job, woman! Truly awesome! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I'm soooooo PROUD of you LORI!!! I just wish I could have made it down to cheer you on in person. Your report totally made me tear up too, esp. knowing how hard you worked towards this race. You can do anything!!!!<br><br>
Congrats on your TRI status ...you know, in a non-Fridayesque way. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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The chant from the day was "You Can Do It" in a strange little voice that we all remember Jason doing at Philly and NJ!!!! So you guys were with us in spirit!!!
 
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