#MicroblogMondays: My first 70.3.

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Yesterday I completed my first half-ironman distance triathlon, which is comprised of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run.

It was amazing. And SO hard. And completely empowering.

When I got to the top of the hill of the run, turning into the finish area, I gasped, and said out loud, Oh my gosh I am actually going to FINISH this race?

She laughed, and told me, Yes! GO!

I cried from there to the finish line, I was so overwhelmed with emotion.

I started 2015 thinking that swimming with a group of triathletes, thinking it would be good crosstraining only. Somehow they convinced me I should think about a triathlon, and then I signed up for one. And after much anxiety, I bought a bike, wondering, I’m going to spend all this money on a bike… what happens if I hate it?

I don’t hate it. Over the past 6 months, I have fallen in love with swimming and biking, too. It’s like PLAY to me, and just so, so awesome.

I have a detailed race report, if you want to read it, at my DailyMile profile.

But here are some pictures.

Coming out of the water after an AMAZING swim:

outofthewater

Getting ready to go out on the bike in nasty wet cold conditions…

onthebike

Mile 70 – somehow I’m still smiling…

Mile 70

My finisher’s medal!

medal

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2 Responses to #MicroblogMondays: My first 70.3.

  1. Turia says:

    This is just.so.awesome. On every possible level.

    I am so proud of you! I hope you are super proud of yourself. What an amazing accomplishment.

  2. Deborah says:

    You are amazing! One time I biked 45 miles, and afterward I had to just lie there for 2 hours and not move. I could never do that on the same day that I ran and swam. So, props to you! But mostly, I’m so glad that you’re having fun doing it

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