Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Triathlon: Ten Things I Forgot

Rev3 Half-Ironman in Wisconsin Dells
August 11, 2013
The finish!

Water 73 degrees,
air 58 to 72 degrees, mild wind,
rain from 7:30 am to 11 am.
1.2 mile swim in
Lake Delton, Wisconsin
57 mile bike with 4,087 feet ascent
in Baraboo Bluffs,
13.1 mile hilly run

 Thought I should jot these down before I forget them again:
  • You feel naked in the rain wearing wet shorts. 
  • Marker buoys are confusing in a strange lake on a grey morning. 
  • Cover gear in transition; it rains. 
  • Unfold slowly off the bike. Don't wave suddenly when your arms haven't moved from handlebars in hours. 
  • Each moment is now. Late in the race each "now" gets slower.
  • Finishing doesn't last long at all. 
  • When you're slow you're alone a lot.
  • There are fewer women in my older age group; they are tougher.
  • If pain is tolerable keep going; it will get better, stay the same, or get worse. Don't dwell. 
  • You'll spend a lot of time remembering the best parts of the race; probably when you're at your desk. Then you start dreaming of the next one.