Once I crossed the finish line a few friends found me right away but I was still hyperventilating and needed to catch my breath. Finally after a minute or two things were back under control. I grabbed some water but I was full and couldn’t handle the thought of any food so I ran off to find friends and congratulate everyone. I finally remembered that I also had a massage that I had to take advantage of. I hobbled into the gym where the massage tables were set up and got in line. I wasn’t sore at all but I figured this would help flush the legs a bit, plus the knots in my shoulders were still really bothering me. I was covered in sweat, grime and salt so I felt bad for the guy giving me a massage, but it was just what my legs needed. After that Pam and I went back to get my car from T1, then drove back to T2 to pick up our bikes. After cleaning up it was off to the awards banquet dinner – burgers! The food was tasty (and there was beer), but I think Friday’s dinner was a bit better.
Team Tri Life had some amazing performances out there, including my fantastic coach Angie who won her age group! She’s having an amazing year as she got her Clearwater spot at Oceanside earlier this year. It is great working with her and she is a huge inspiration!!
Other thoughts with regards to the race…it is so well organized! From the dinners, to the well stocked aid stations, to the super enthusiastic volunteers…it is hard to ask for a better event. I understand why this race sells out so quickly.
Other lessons I learned?
- My nutrition strategy worked well – the peanut butter sandwich, banana, Chomps and gels. No stomach problems on the race whatsoever!
- SPF 30? Not enough for me! I still have some sunburned bits on my cheeks and shoulder blades. I also realized on the run as I unzipped my tri top that I had forgotten to put sunscreen on my chest. Oops…
- Next time I’ll be staying in Stony instead of Edmonton. I thought I’d want to be closer to the city but it turns out that I wanted to be closer to the action.
- Having company on the drive was great. Thanks Pam! It went by quickly and it was great to get tips on the race from her.
- Having people you know out on the race is an immeasurable benefit. Seeing my teammates and friends was such a huge boost. One of the things I thought about on the bike is how I’m off to race the Lake Stevens 70.3 on my own. The majority of my teammates are either racing the Calgary 70.3 or Ironman Canada. So I’m hoping I can convince my parents to come cheer me on at LS..!