Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Spudman - Triathlon

I'm a triathlete. I finished the Burley, Idaho Spudman Triathlon on Saturday. The Spudman is an Olympic Triathlon. This consists of a 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike ride, and a 10K (6.2 miles) run - in that order. In February, Cherice, Kenny, and I (and a bunch of their neighbors) signed up for this. We have been training ever since. I got a road bike. Troy has been training with me since May, and wished he would have signed up as well. We got to Burley on Friday night, in time to pick up my packet - which included my racing chip(as seen around my left ankle) along with a t-shirt (that was so big, it is now Troy's), and a potato. We dropped off my bike and everything I would need after the swim. I wouldn't see my bike again until after I swam. We had to make a last minute stop at a gas station to fill up my water bottles that are on my bike. I left everything there, and was confident I didn't forget anything. It was so crazy checking in, getting my packet, taking my bike to a different location, that I told Troy, I don't care about the $90 it cost to sign up, I'm done. I have no desire to do this. That night I barely slept, and as Kenny, Cherice, and I headed to the starting point that morning, I was still trying to decided why I had signed up for this! My start time was at 7:30am. 30 minutes after the first wave had gone. My wave consisted of 30-39 year old women. I have been told that the swim was a piece of cake - that since it is done in the Snake River, that there is this great current. Well, I took off, swimming with all of my might, and I looked up after what felt like a few minutes, and felt like I had swam in place! I thought, where is this current everyone is talking about? So, I swam further out into the river, hoping to 'catch the current'. I never felt like I caught the current. But, after what seemed like an eternity (really, only 28 minutes) I was out of the water. I ran to my bike, put my helmet and gloves on, and put on shoes and socks, and I was off. My bike computer (mph, mileage, etc) wasn't working, and it sounded like I had a card in my spokes. I pulled over and tried to fix it. It still wouldn't work, other than telling me the actual time, but it stopped making noise. (In hindsite, I should have checked the bike computer after the long drive to Idaho, before I started the race.) I didn't see Cherice after I got out of the water, and assumed everyone was ahead of me. So, I set off. Not knowing how far I had gone, or how fast I was pedaling. People kept passing me. They really were so nice, telling me good job, commenting on my pink road bike. So, I thought it was really awesome when I passed someone up. I decided to keep count, and keep my mind busy. I stopped counting at 30. I really was proud that I could pass anyone. After I had ridden for 54 minutes, I finally decided to ask a fellow biker how many miles we were at. He shouted..17! WHAT????????? 17 miles? In 54 minutes?? I only had 8 miles left?! I had thought it would take me 2 hours on the bike! I had been averaging at least 17 mph! It gave me the umph to finish up the last little bit. I finished the bike ride in 1 hour 25 minutes. As I drove into the bike drop off, I took my helmet off, put on some shorts over my biker shorts and guzzled some gatorade. This next part was the run. The part I had been DREADING! Last week my foot had started hurting again (like it had done when I ran the half marathon) and so I didn't run all week. Before that was girls camp - where I hadn't run...so I knew I was weak. I also knew my legs were like jello. Literally. Right before I set off for the run, Cherice pulled her bike up, and we started the run together. I knew there was no way for me to keep up with her, so I sent her on her way, and took my time. I walked a lot. But the thing was, I didn't care. I was so proud of what I had accomplished, that I listened to my body (mainly my foot) and did what I could. I was actually really shocked at the amount of people who did walk during the 10k. As I got to the end, I sprinted it out. I have done that for every race I have run, and it's a great feeling. No looking at the camera for me, I needed to get to the finish line. Here are photos from the race. The time clock in the final one shows the time as 4:08:something....I started 30 minutes after the first wave, which is why it's not my correct time. I LOVED running this race. (Well, I refuse to call it a race) I don't get competitive. I will definitely do more tri's. That says a lot, 10 seconds after I finished the half marathon, I vowed to NEVER do it again. The tri took me a lot longer, time wise, but wasn't nearly as boring. Way more fun. I'm not sore at all either! I have a few 'chaffing' issues - as results of doing so many different things soaking wet. In odd places: armpits, butt cheeks(sorry, tmi), legs. That's the only weird thing. You don't dry off much during the bike ride, and during the run, you're so hot, people spray you with hoses...you really are wet the whole time! Anyways...sorry you were all bored with this long post, but I wrote it for me!
Cherice came in first (out of Kenny, Cherice and me). She did so awesome! It has been fun training with her - the few chances we got to train together.
This is Cameon. She finished after Cherice and right before me. We talked a bit as she passed me on the run. She's an awesome friend, and used to be Kristin and Jake's preschool teacher.
Here I am! FINALLY! Crossing the finish! I know, I hesitated posting these photos. They are definitely not flattering...but I am what I am! Here comes Paige, Cameon's husband! He's nice enough to look and wave to the camera. I was too busy sprinting...next time I'm gonna practice a flattering 'run in pose'. HERE'S KENNY!!!!!!!!!! Kenny did the biking on a mountain bike - which is a HUGE difference. He's awesome...and nobody saw any junk. (sorry, inside joke)So, these are the goods I got when I was finished...2 water bottles, a medal, and chaffing! WAHOO! For any of you who think I'm photogenic...I beg to differ... Cherice and I did it! Here is the big group of neighbors. I only know 2 or 3 couples other than Kenny and Cherice, but they are all super nice and were very supportive. I will be glad to be in another photo with them next year! I couldn't have done this without Troy. He got up early with me, pushed me, rode on HORRIBLE bicycles so I could get training runs in...watched kids while I raced...took pictures at the end...I could not have done this without him, and I don't know what I would have done if him and the kids weren't at the finish line. I don't know how to describe it, but having people cheer you on is the greatest feeling. When I was at mile 4 on the run, I started getting teary, thinking I was almost done, and that my family would be there to cheer me in. They were...I am so grateful for them!
Until my next crazy race...or sporting event...

9 comments:

delilas said...

Amazing!!! Congrads to you, Cherice and Kenny. That is so wonderful and Fun to have such wonderful people to train with. I have a run on my "bucket list" but I am not getting any younger so I better get the desire to train for it.

troy said...

You are amazing. I don't know how you acomplish so much and have the great attitude you do. I am in awe of your acomplishments and this tri is another of those amazing feats.

Unknown said...

I am so impressed with all that you do and how well you do it all! Congratulations on finishing your first tri-I'm sure it won't be your last.

laura said...

Jen!!! You are incredible!!!! I can not believe you did that. I swear, every time I get on here, you have just accomplished something new. Awesome.

Your comment about never doing a half again freaked me out. I'm doing my first half in November and am already nervous. Why did you say that?
Also, chaffing... have you ever tried GLIDE? It looks like a deodorant- where you have to roll it up for each use- found in any sporting store. It has totally saved me(my sports bra used to kill me). Try it.

Heather said...

Jen, I am so proud of you! I love reading your blog, you are so inspiring. Great job doing this triathalon!!! Woohoo!

Nurse Heidi said...

Chafing. Heh. I experienced chafing in some all new places during my last race since it was rainy. I don't think you can fully appreciate that oddity until it happens to you, but is irritation well earned :). Great job!

Trisha said...

CONGRATS!!! You are awesome.

Unknown said...

Jen, I'm so glad I took a moment to read this entry about the triathlon! I am so impressed with both your accomplishment with the triathlon and your writing about it. You must never, EVER, again say that you can't write. Not only can you write, you write in way that is engaging and authentic. Fantastico!

Dori said...

Way to go Jen!