Eagleman... I loved it! It was tough. Hot. And felt so good to finish. I'm so proud. I worked hard for this.
My swim goal was 36-38... I swam in 34. I have a bruise from getting kicked, my goggles were kicked to the side, but the swim was fast for me!
My bike goal was under 3 hours. Coach had told me that wasn't an aggressive enough goal months ago and he was right. I did it in 2:47 minutes even though it was like a blow furnace... hot wind.
My run goal was much faster, but this was a very hot race! I'm proud of my run because it was a consistent pace. I chose a pace that I felt I could hold, rather than going out too fast and walking the 2nd half. I will ALWAYS WEAR SOCKS in a half distance going forward. My blisters are disgusting and really hurt. Probably dealing with that slowed me down a bit there too. It wasn't a PR run for sure, but given the heat and the fact that I did a negative split, I'm happy.
I also met an incredible athlete and we pushed eachother during the 2nd half of the run, working together. I saw many of my former team mates and Richmond friends out on the course as well.
It was a great day. I'm very happy. I really want to write more, and perhaps I will but wanted to at least say something, since my goal was to track my IMWI training and this was a huge part of that!
I REALLY PROVED A LOT TO MYSELF WITH THIS RACE! I can not believe I did a 2:47 half iron bike split! I can not believe it! : )
Best part...after the finish I realized that it was a PR for the distance by over 2 minutes and I'm only going to get faster!
Eagleman draws the most competitive half iron field at least on the east coast of this country- maybe the whole country and I was in the top 20 of my age group. I'm working my way on up.
I still FEEL like that newbie that wanted to cross her first sprint tri finish line. I take it just as serious now as I did back then and enjoy it just as much... I just always want to push more and see what else I can do! : )