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Otherwise known as "Clumsy Tri Noob Race Report"...<br><br>
Okay, I typed the whole thing out earlier and accidentally close my window and lost the novel.<br><br>
First, I had a mild setback before we even got on the road Saturday. The first version gave a detailed account of what happened, but it would take too long to type it out. The short of it is that I may have suffered ("may have" as in I got dizzy nauseous and quite starry-eyed) a mild concussion when I accidentally got knocked in the head by a trunk full of a bike rack and my road bike. Two knots to my head, one to my forehead, and a nice gash on the knuckle of my right thumb. We made a trip to Rite Aid to get some more Band-Aids and some latex medical tape, and then headed to Palm Desert, a two hour drive.<br><br>
We got to the registration area finally. I got my packet, looked over the course map, got directions to the lake, called Gomie, and my dh and dd made some signs courtesy to Toyota, the race's sponsor. We're big Sabres fans, and using their inspirational slogan, "Believe!", my dh made me a sign saying this, and Livi's read, "Go mommy, go mommy, go mommy, go!"<br><br>
It was still too early to check in so we drove to the lake. Bill Bell (<a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/health/columnists/la-he-thetriathlete26mar26,1,3545024.column?coll=la-health-columns" target="_blank">http://www.latimes.com/features/heal...health-columns</a>) was there offering words of wisdom, and he really seemed to speak to first timers. That was neat. What a great guy, and so personable.<br><br>
We finally got checked into the hotel and I called Gomie to see if she had decided on doign the tri, then we went to the pool and relaxed. After that I took a shower. Now, above I alluded to an "accident" I had before we set out.<br><br>
Now, remember that I had two knots on the top of my head. Well, in hotel showers/tubs they often have installed a metal bar to the wall of the shower. I'm so short that this bar came just about up to my forehead. So anyway, I had turned around to adjust the faucet and when I turned back around I wacked my forehead on the top of the bar. Another knot on my forehead by golly!! Oh good grief!!!<br><br>
I got cleaned up, had my dh inspect my new bump, and we got some dinner. Came back, watched a movie, and then we all went to bed at 8:30. I got in touch with Gomie and she said she and Aero would be there, too. I was so relieved! And amazed. Just a week before they had both completed an IM. Crazy...and wonderful. I hardly slept, of course. It wasn't just nervous over the race, either. I just do not sleep well at hotels.<br><br>
Got up at 4:00, showered and dressed, woke my dh up at 4:30, grabbed my race bag (I had gotten everythong together the night before) and everything else, got Livi out of bed (she was NOT happy about that at all), got everything into the car, and drove out to the lake. We got there a bit after 5:30, relaxed in the car for a bit, and got all of my stuff together and made our way to the transition area. As I looked around for the entrance to the transition area, I heard someone call my name. It was Gomie!!! She helped me get set up, we both got marked, then I left her to find Aero and I looked for my dh and dd. Hung out tiwh them unbtil 6:30 when I heard them announce that the first wave would go into the water in half an hour. Panic!<br><br>
I got my wetsuit on and found Gomie and Aero, and made our way to the lake. One more trip to the potty and to find my dh and dd, kissed them one last time, and went back to the lake. I couldn't find Gomie or Aero and I panicked a little bit then, too. Found them both, then just waited. FInally, at 7:00, the first wave went in, then the second... Counting down I tried to stay calm. Really, I felt okay. The water didn't feel too cold, but still. Then they counted down ten seconds and I was in the water.<br><br>
That's when I fell apart. I had purchsed a cheap wetsuit that was so not meant for triathlons OR swimming, and on top of that it was too big. I could actually feel the weight of the water in my suit and I actually felt a little bit like I was sinking. I saw Gomie look at me and say, "You're doing fine, Lisa" but I didn't feel fine. I tried to relax and get into crawling position, but my legs just kept sinking and I couldn't get horizontal. I got on my back and backstroked for a good distance, switching to sidestroke, trying freestyle again and again...I was in panic mode. I was comforted some seeing that other women were switching from sidestroke to backstroke...okay.<br><br>
I relaxed once I made it around the first buoy, and when I got to the second buoy I felt better and managed to get into crawl position. But I still felt like I was sinking. Made it to shore and climbed out. Boy did I feel dazed. I saw my dh and dd soon enough and I was so overcome with relief at the sight of them that I got a massive lump at the back of my throat. And then I looked at his sign and saw "Believe!" That helped so much. But still, I felt disappointed and frustrated and stupid with the swim. I had felt so prepared while swim training, and I really felt deflated. I couldn't wait to get on my bike. Kissed them both and made my way to transition, all the while stripping off my wetsuit.<br><br>
I made my first mistake of not eating anything here. Struggled to get my socks on (no cycling shoes, no clipless pedals, I would ride and run on socks and running shoes), got my shirt, helmet, and race belt on, got my bike off from the rack, and made my way out. I saw dh and dd on the side and went over to them. Livi reached her arms out to me and said, "Mommy, let's go home now." I was still flustered from the swim and at that moment that I didn't have anything with me to eat on the bike (mistake #2), though I did have Gatorade in my bottle.<br><br>
The first two miles I tried to shake off my disappointing swim. At some point I realized that it was over with, and I got into a better state of mind. Around mile 5 my shoelace got stuck in my pedal so I had to stop and retie and tuck my laces into my shoe. I gotta get clipless pedals!!! I made up a little bit of time here, and started to pick off riders here and there, getting picked off by other riders, too. Around mile 16 I picked up the pace and finished strong. Got to the transition area, took my helmet off, turned my race belt around, hooked my bike over the bar, drank some Gatorade, and took off, giving my cheering dh and dd a wave.<br><br>
Stupid me, I AGAIN forgot to eat something. Ah well. I encountered my first athletic challenge the first half mile into the run: sand. Gomie and jenotter had warned me about this part and I took my time getting my legs acclimated to the run from the bike, and taking small steps. My calved tightened up a bit from the sand, and I had to stop to stretch them out. From there on I felt fine, but I could definitely use some fuel. Grabbed a gel from a volunteer around mile 1 (which seemed sort of a silly place for gells with only 2 miles to go--of course, a more experienced triathlete would have been smart to have eaten something during T2) and sucked that down with some water.<br><br>
Mile 2.1 I picked up my pace, hit sand at mile 2.6 (gah!!) and with two tenths of a mile to go I spotted my dh and dd just before the finish line. I again got that lump at the back of my throat, both because they ran with me (Livi was on his shoulders), and because I knew in a few seconds I would be a triathlete. Not the best triathlete, or a gifted triathlete, or even a terribly good triathlete...but a triathlete nonetheless. I finished as hard as I could and when I hit the finished I heard it, "Lisa ****, 1 hour..." I'm blanking at the moment on my finishing time...but I finished under tow hours. I know it was close to two hours, and it may have been 1 hour and 58 minutes and some seconds. I'll have to wait until the results are available online.<br><br>
I got my finisher's medal, a nifty wet and cold race towel, and when I came out of the chute I looked for my dh and dd. We hung out with Gomie and Aero, who had both PR'd, and so NOT looking like they had completed an IM the week before, then made plans to meet up later for lunch. Got everything into the car and as we waiting to leave Bill Bell walked by our car and said to someone next to him, "If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself." He said it half joking, half serious. What a great guy. 84 years old!!!<br><br>
We met up with Gomie and Aero later for lunch. What a wonderful couple. Great people. Then we headed home for our two hour ride.<br><br>
Really, it was a perfect day. I learned a lot. And I cannot wait to do that again with the lessons I learned. <img alt="icon_flower.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_flower.gif">
 

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GREAT report! You are a trooper to pull off that performance after hurting yourself AND with almost no fuel in your tanks. But you did it. Congratulations, you're a triathalete. Nice job.<br><br>
(was this the first time you swam in the wetsuit?)
 

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YAY!!!! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif"><br><br>
Great report!!! I wish I could have been there!!!!<br><br><img alt="wav.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif"><img alt="wav.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif">
 

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It was only the second time I ssam in my wetsuit. Stupid mistake #1. Had I done a full workout in my suit I would have surely realized how much water it would take in. When I stood up and got out of the water from the swim Sunday, I was really shocked at how much water I had inside the wetsuit.<br><br>
Oh well. I learned a good lesson. Oh, and when I was getting my stuff out of the car before the race I heard a woman comment to her companion, "Did you see her wetsuit?" That should have been a red flag right there. And the thing is, I knew it was not an appropriate wetsuit for the triathlon. Oh well. Rookie mistake. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Fabulous!<br><br>
Congrats on the first of what I imagine to be many more triathlons.<br><br>
Way to go.
 

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Me in my swim cap (I'm glad this is fuzzy!)<br><img alt="" src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y90/hahaoya/DSC04577.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
T1<br><img alt="" src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y90/hahaoya/DSC04582.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
T2 (I'm crouched down and putting my hat on)<br><img alt="" src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y90/hahaoya/DSC04588.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Rear end shot<br><img alt="" src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y90/hahaoya/DSC04589.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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WTG! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif"> Great pictures too!<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Incredible! You did it, you tri-athlete! And you looked so great doing it too! You rock! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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AWESOME!!!!<br>
~and I think you were just so darn cute doing it!~
 

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You are absolutely too cute!!!! <img alt="icon_flower.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_flower.gif">
 

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Great report!!<br><br>
Way to hang tough and not give up!!<br><br>
You kick ass chica!
 

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OMG you are the cutest triathlete on earth! Have i never seen pictures of you???? I totally forget.<br>
Way to go on your first triathalon-- AND way to dig deep and not let the wet suit kill you. Many weaker people would have just quit right there. I am so proud of you!!!<br><br><br>
(omg, Gomie and Aero did this the week after IMAZ????? they are truly superheros)
 

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Nice pictures. Great report and with all the problems that popped up, look at it this way, it can only get better from here as you learn and grow from this first experience. I'm especially proud of your swim since I can't swim myself. You are an inspiration. <img alt="icon_flower.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_flower.gif">
 

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Way to go, Haha!!! Great report and pictures to boot. Thanks for sharing. Congrats and you've just pushed me one step closer to actually doing one of these things. Just remind me to ask someone else for advice when purchasing a wet suit. <img alt="razz.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/razz.gif"><br><br><img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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Leave the ink on and strut around the gym for a couple of days. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Good fer you haha.<br><br>
It took me a couple of races to get used to open water. I think that's true for everyone. It'd be a lot easier if they'd paint a big black stripe about 4 feet below the surface. And fueling was probably the hardest thing for me to adjust to. I never got it right.
 
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