|Mariann at last year's race...|
So when I first signed up for the race my main goal was to beat last year's time of 2:11:08 because I did awful on the bike. In January I was in a car accident which left me with some herniated discs in my lower back and lots of pain when I did anything. Given this turn of events, my goal shifted to just making it through the race. With the help of my chiropractor I was able to manage the pain and train slowly. After driving the course on Saturday I told myself that I did not want to have to dismount to get up the hills and that was the goal I was going to focus on during the race.
Well race day has come and gone and I am happy to say that all 3 goals were achieved! I made it over the hills without dismounting, I fought through the back pain, never stopping, and made it to the end, and I managed to improve my time by 24 minutes, finishing in 1:47:43!
|Lori in blue with Cindy Dickinson and a friend...|
First, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Dawn Young for giving me the opportunity to get to know the trIBE. She, after all, is the person last year that pushed me to fulfill a dream I've had for 20 years, to train and complete a triathlon. If it wasn't for her, I would probably still be saying twenty years from now, "I wish I had.” I also hope to get to know all the members of the triBE better and spend much more time with this group of amazing women.
Secondly, I knew this was not going to be a better race for me than my previous race, even though I secretly was wishing it would be. I had not trained as much as I should, and I knew the hills would make me slower. But I went into it with three goals.
1. To not panic when I first entered the water and swim my freestyle strokes the way I know I can.
2. To not get off my bike.
3. To somehow enjoy the run.
I met all three of those goals. I actually was smiling inside through most of the race. For that morning all the stress I've been feeling for the last two years left my body. I was happy and not thinking about life's challenges.
Lastly, when I got my total time, yes I was disappointed. It was 10 minutes slower than my previous race and my running, even though never good, was worse than any 3 miles I've run in the last year. But after thinking about that for a minute or two, here were my thoughts. I wouldn't change a thing because that day brought me much happiness. BUT next year, I'm going to train hard and push myself to be the best I can be!