This past weekend, Matt and I continued our suburban tour — only this time we headed north.
On Friday, we loaded up the car with wetsuits, bikes and running shoes and drove up to the great state of New Hampshire for the Mooseman Half Ironman Triathlon.
We spent Friday night with my parents before heading up to Wellington State Park to check in and attending the athlete meeting. The entire day on Friday, it was pouring rain. Not really ideal conditions for a triathlon. Between the rain and the insanely fit people all around me, I got ridiculously nervous. But thankfully my fan club of two, Matt and our friend Ryan (who were both racing as well) convinced me that everything was going to be ok and I wasn’t going to come in last. After a long, soggy day and a pasta dinner, we turned in for the night.
Now, I don’t really want to relive all 70.3 miles so here are some highlights.
1. Getting my wetsuit (thanks Jamie) on with only a minor amount of wiggling, pulling and yanking
2. The temperature was right around 60 degrees – sounds cold but it made the 62 degree temperature of the water seem much much warmer.
3. The pouring rain we experienced Friday slowed to a very light drizzle.
4. During the bike, the hills were so steep that my speed dropped down to 2 mph and I almost fell off my bike (but I didn’t!)
5. My feet were numb from being cold and wet on the bike for 3 hours. During the first two miles of the run I felt like I was running on stumps. But I kept running.
6. The run was painful, but since it was an out and back run that we did twice, I got to see both Matt and Ryan a few times. It is surprising how far a fist pump can get you :)
7. I ran through the finish line with a smile on my face!
While the race wasn’t always pretty and my time wasn’t earth shattering, I was happy with it. Just getting out there and doing it was enough for me. However, for Matt and Ryan, this race is just the beginning… they are both competing in the Ironman US National Championships being held in NYC in August. I’m not going to lie, the thought of doing a race twice that length makes me throw up in my mouth a little. 70.3 is enough for me!
**See a recap of the race by this year’s winner, Alex Mcdonald. Congratulations on your big win!