|Transition piled into my helmet due to ants!|
|Denise & I & our beautiful bikes!|
I got on my bike and put the pressure on! A mile into the course, chip seal... yuck! Oh well, you get what you get & you don't throw a fit! Keep pedaling... hard! I had put a lot of thought into my water bottle situation and asked my friends for their advice the night before. I decided to go with one bottle & to freeze half of it the night before, hoping it would melt but still be cold by the time I got on my bike. At mile 4, I reached back for a drink; Ahhhh, cool & refreshing! As I went to put it back, pot hole! I Jack Motted my bottle of Infinit!!! I quickly tapped my breaks, then thought, "Hell, NO!" 19 miles to go and now I have NO reason to get out of aero position! Stay down & pedal on! I thought about asking fellow riders for some water as I passed them, but wasn't sure how well that would have been received. Around mile 19, the first female passed me going up a slight incline. It was Anita! "Go, Anita!" This is where doing my homework had paid off. I knew the last 3-4miles on the bike elevation map were downhill, so I thought "Get on her wheel & don't let go!" Much to my surprise we rode into transition together.
I quickly threw on my running shoes, which had speed laces on them now ;-) and headed out on the run. As I was leaving transition, I saw Anita out of the corner of my eye still by her bike. I took off at a decent pace, trying to keep the gas on, as Coachie tells us. At the first water station I saw Kelly who was volunteering. She yelled to me that I was in first place and to keep it up! I knew I wasn't in first, but wanted to at least keep my position. Anxiety kept building as I kept waiting for Anita to pass me by. I don't like the feeling of being chased, so this made me mentally stronger. And in her defense, Anita was just coming back from injury & was not 100%. I saw Denise on a few of the turn arounds as well & her beaming smile energized me. By the second lap I felt slow as molasses and wanted to walk just a little bit. I looked down at my Garmin after much resistance & realized I was at a much faster pace than expected. Alright, let's finish this, I can keep this up until the finish. Second place in my age group, but more importantly a 14min PR for the Olympic distance!
|Orissa, Karen, Kevin, & Michelle|
I grabbed my bike & took off as fast as I could. I knew now that the next goal was to hold him off on the bike as long as I could! That didn't last long, by mile 2 or 3 I heard him coming up behind me, "Go, Aixa!" I tried to grab onto his wheel but that only lasted until the next hill. At the turn around I saw Orlando & was energized by his cheers! On the way back I saw and cheered for Orissa, Karen, Michelle, & Kevin... all wearing Smash! How could you miss those beauties!? The course was tough with some good climbs and even better descents. I rolled into transition, grabbed my shoes and took off.
The following day Allen & I took off for a week long of rest & relaxation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica! :-)