Sunday, July 1, 2007

I found the hardest triathlon in New Mexico...

It is called "Grady Williams Freedom Days triathlon"in Farmington (Olympic Distance) and it was held yesterday. WOW! I knew it was going to be difficult but holy cow! The swim was fine-a big triangle around Lake Farmington, a pretty nice lake-68 degrees-comfortable. i figured out the easiest way to get my wetsuit arms out-do it before I get out of the water. 100 times easier. There were two transition areas, which were a pain in the ass so T-1 was get your feet dry, get your running socks and shoes on, put sunscreen on, stuff all your stuff in a big plastic bag with your number on it so they could transfer it back to T-2. Off on the run. it was a trail run, lots of ups and downs, I walked the "ups" and ran fast down. I felt pretty good, ate a couple of goos. there were 2 water stations with warm water. Thank goodness I had that frozen water bottle i carried with me but filled it at each water station. The trail was pretty well marked, but I can see how you could get lost (Hartley did). It started getting hotter.. .Got back to T-2 in good shape, transition smooth, then off on the bike. I felt great for the first few miles, then there was glass on the shoulder-I saw it, tried to swerve around it. I passed a woman in my AG on a mountain bike..Felt really good. Then the inevitable-I got a flat-on the BACK tire of course. I actually changed it in record time-about 10 min., but didn't get enough air in i think. The next 10 miles were straight up, straight down hills. I mean there were no flat area at all. I still felt OK, trying to catch the mountain bike woman, who passed me along with many others when I was fixing the flat. At the turn around, there was the only water station (there was suppose to be 3 on the bike). I ran out of water after that, only had the concoction in my aerobottle of carbo-pro, accelerade and sustained energy. Also had shot blocks. Anyways, I started to feel nauseated from the turn-around. Oh and now we had a pretty good head wind. The bike continued to be straight up and then straight down, only this time was more ups than downs. At one point I got of my bike and walked about 50 yards. then noticed my tire wasn't completely pumped up so put more air in-that helped. Oh and by this time the temperature was starting to soar-I think it hit high 90s yesterday. i felt like my skin was burning off. I just kept plugging away. Figured I had done BSLT last week so no pressure. By about mile 21 my heart was racing & the nausea was bad so I told myself to just finish this thing. Of course some woman who appeared to be in my AG (she wasn't) out of the blue just passed me. I tried to keep up but couldn't. Finished in around 3:38 I think. Don't know my splits yet. If it weren't for the tire thing, I would have beat the woman on the mountain bike and gotten 3rd. That really pissed me off more than anything-a woman on a friggin mountain bike beat me! Anyway, I kind of collapsed at the end. Angel Outlaw Amy gave me water and a power bar, Miguel poured water on me. I felt much better then. Wondered where Hartley went-he got lost on the bike too. He ended up doing about 29 miles on the bike and 7.5 on the run. Still got second in his AG. The best part of the race was having lunch/breakfast with some Outlaws after the race at IHOP. Man those pancakes were good!!

Hey I feel proud that I finished. This is one I may not do a week after a Half IM again!
I am sore today!

4 comments:

GeekGirl said...

You did awesome, Ironmaiden! I don't think I saw the glass. Maybe that's one of the areas where I walked...

Vickie said...

I'd say you were very brave to attempt this hard of a race right after a half IM! My hat is off to you! And don't ya just hate it when those mountain bike mamas pass you? Makes you wonder why you paid $2000 for a bike, doesn'tit??

Myles said...

Mmmm, pancakes!

Cody the Clydesdale said...

Wow, a race that hard so soon after a 70.3. You are fearless! I'm impressed that you did so well under such hot, dehydrated, and hilly conditions. Most would of stopped. I'm impressed.