It was possibly the hardest thing I have ever done. It was emotionally and physically draining. I was very emotionally through the whole thing but I stuck with it and slowly but steady I finished. I almost had a panic attack in the pool- there were so many people and I was so nervous that I couldn't catch my breath. 6 long pool lengths seemed to go on forever. The bike part was by far, the hardest. I was not prepared for how hard it was. There was a monster hill that we had to go up- twice! Both times, i got half way up and I had to get off and walk. It was so steep. 12 miles went on forever- especially the second loop. But there was a downhill portion at the end which was very welcomed. By the time it was time to run, I was on auto pilot. I once again had to go up the monster hill, which I walked. And then I was able to run most of the rest. I ran the last 2 miles to the finish line without stopping at all which is amazing considering how tired I was. As soon as I crossed the finish line, I had a complete breakdown- bawling like a baby and I couldn't control it. I was exhausted and emotionally it was almost too much. It was incredibly hard but I am proud that I did it and that I finished.
My sister, Lyssa did the race with me and I totally admire her for doing it also. It was hard for her too but she was a rock star and finished about 20-25 minutes before I did. And she was there at the finish to hug me as I had my melt down. I love her so much and I am so Proud of her!
|Before the race started.... scared to death|
|Swim 300 Meters|
|Bike 12.5 miles|
|crossing the finish line|
|after the race|