|Sunday September 23rd, 2018|
11 weeks of training and my race is finally here, I can't believe how fast it has gone by. I started my weight loss journey back in March when I began my first round of Whole30 and I have not looked back since. I knew I needed to sign up for a race to keep me on my journey and I was ready to put myself back out there again. It's been over 3 years since I have competed in a triathlon and now that I'm gaining my confidence back I wanted to really push myself again. I looked at a few different races and found the Disco triathlon, it looked like so much fun and was rated one of their top races of the year but I couldn't get myself to sign up right away. It took me a good week to make the decision as I was so nervous, I first thought about signing up for the sprint distance but I really wanted to challenge myself and with all that I have learned from my new nutritional plan I decided to sign up for the Olympic distance which would consist of a 1 mile open water swim at Lake Ray Roberts, 23 mile bike ride and then a 10K (6.2) mile run. After I signed up for it I thought what the heck did I just do and did I take on too much???
sition which was standing on the beach ready to run into the water and start swimming, the best part is my daughter Lindsey was the one who got to blow the horn for our wave since I was racing that made me so proud and lucky to see that. Once she blew that horn we were all off and running like crazy people into the lake and off we went for the swim. It was horrible as the waves were so high and hard to get into a grove, then I swallowed a bunch of water which made me almost throw up 2 times on top of getting kicked in the face and tugging on my arms and legs. Oh yes it was so much fun..lol. I really struggled getting into a grove all I kept doing was looking for points like the buoys to get me through. Once I turned to head to land I felt so much better and mentally pushed my self to just finish up strong. I came out of the water around 12 mins
Once on the bike I was off and going, I felt cold for most of the ride and the weather was horrible. The clouds were thick which made it that much harder to see, I had my dark lenses on which is good for riding with the sun but not when it's cloudy out, I should have changed them out to my yellow or clear lenses. I needed to wear them due to the rain and avoid getting bugs or rocks in my eyes...note to self for next rainy race change out lenses. I felt good on the bike but I did ride more cautiously due to the weather, I also saw many people with flats on the side of the road which scared me as I didn't want to have to change a flat in these conditions. I kept myself calm and just kept riding, it was an up and down
Once again Rich was coaching me as I left transition to my run of a 10K the last leg of my race. I had been working so hard on my running so I was hoping for a good run, well I'm sad to say that's not what happen. I messed up my nutrition on my bike due to the weather so I ended up playing catch up which was not a smart thing to do and that really affected me on my run. I got around mile 2 and started to feel sick so I kept drinking water as I wasn't sure what was wrong, at this point the rain had stopped and the humidity set in so now I was wet and sweaty with
After the race I went and gave Rich a big hug and cried it out for a minute and thanked him for all his support along with my kids. I then found my friends who came over and gave me lots of hugs and congratulated me for finishing. I thanked them a million times for all their support and cheering that is what truly made me finish today. Now it was time to wait and see the final results of where I placed, when they announced Athena 39 and Under they called my name as second place...I was shocked and yet so happy that I did it. I stood on that podium as a very proud and accomplished person it reminded me of why I worked so hard and how bad I wanted it. Not only did I get afinishers medal for the race but also go a trophy for 2nd place, it was a tough day with crazy conditions but I made it through by pushing myself and concorded what I set out to do and that was finish an Olympic triathlon after not racing for over 3 years. I set out on this journey to get myself back into shape and do what I love doing which is competing and I got so much more out of it. I got my confidence back, my drive to work hard and my will to push myself, including losing weight and getting healthy. I now have the triathlon racing bug again and it feels amazing, since this season is almost over its time to step up my off season training so I'm ready for next year. I have 6 races already picked out that I'm so excited for...let the off season training begin!!!
MY FAMILY AND SUPPORT CREW!
GO TEAM WEISS!