What a race….
I’m still reeling and winding down from the eventful race day. I’ve never come to the start line so prepared and so ready to race. It was also the first time I’ve made it to the start line without a nagging injury.
The POWER of SUPPORT: I had my family there to cheer me on. It was Eli’s (5) first experience at support crew. Zoi (11) has proven to be a master of support this past summer. Rodney mastered the art of support; keeping tabs on my effort and when to expect me back at transition all while keeping kids entertained. Zoi and Rodney planned out their support roles. Zoi would handle the video, Rodney would take the pictures, and Eli would ring the cow bells. I keep replaying the moments I got to catch a glimpse of them. I couldn’t help but smile really BIG!!!!!
Running into a plethora of past teammates expanded my heart tenfold. Mike and Camille – you brought so much light to the day!!! I think I almost squealed with delight when I saw you Camille!
The text messages leading up to the race and after were amazing. I can’t believe how many of my teammates, friends and family followed me that day. Love you so much for your support!
The RACE: I’ve spent 2015, 2016, and 2017 coming back from a mystery injury. A year ago I could barely ride and wasn’t able to run without excruciating pain. I’m a fighter though – I am wired with true grit, perseverance, and believing I could overcome. I’m pretty certain that is how I got the nickname “Beast”.
One thing I experienced in this race was clustered swimming. I had people in front of me, behind me, on the side of me. Brought me right back to our Monday and Wednesday early morning swim session where we would practice cluster swimming and taking turns being stuck in the middle. So grateful for those sessions….I knew exactly how to handle it.
I am so proud of my effort. I rested well the night before, my nutrition was on point throughout the race, and when it got tough I reached for my positive, forward moving, mantras. You’ve got those right?
Gratitude: I wouldn’t have made it this far without O2 Endurance taking me in. Coach would say I did all the work. I’d agree with that (I was always first to the training center – ready to go at 5:30 AM) but it takes more than work. Coach provided a well executed training plan. Thanks Bryant for believing in me and giving me a chance!
Thanks for all those crazy epic climbing rides (a.k.a Charlotte), indoor trainer session, and altitude training session- Wow, that clearly paid off!!!
Onward an Upward: Crazy thing is this is just the base…..what will the “Beast” look like next year and the year after that….I’m excited, stay tuned!