or flotation devices,
I was off feeling light on my feet!
It ended up being more of a slalom activity, really. If you recall from Part 1, Patty and I were among the very last of the racers in the "buddy wave" (read: "non-competitive just-please-lord-don't-let-me-drown/crash/trip wave"). Turns out this is the group in which the ladies like to walk, en masse, taking up the whole road, chit-chatting.
Time was clearly not of the essence. Race? What race? But, these women were savouring their time together so it's hard to fault them for that :)
Anywhoodles, I ran. Past the 1 mile mark, past the turnaround, and up the hill to...wait. Hill? I
I did not want to spend one extra second on the course when I could instead be sitting down at the finish. So, I trudged up the hill and began to see a glut of women walking back to their cars already donning the precious, precious finisher's medal (my preeeeciousssssss).
I was now in the home stretch and got a few surprises.
Surprise #1: Mary cheering for me right before the entrance to the finish chute:
That was just so cool!
Surprise #2: This costumed lady was the official cheerleader at the finish:
I do believe that is a white balloon in her blonde wig.
Her job was to tell me Surprise # 3:
Say whaaaa?? Oy.
Surprise #4: Actually finishing the race!
It was pretty freaking amazing, and having that cheering section made my first successful tri just incredible!
*This was last year and I did 2 more tris this past summer. I will be posting those recaps but in the meantime I have to tell you all about my trip home!
UPCOMING POSTS: VACATION ACTIVITIES, FLOW AND CANADIAN SPIN (that one's for you, Natalie!)