Race Day Morning

The alarm was set for 4:00 am.  Leland kindly set his phone and sort of got up with me. I had a small bowl of cereal (Quaker Oat Squares and skim milk).  The night before I had written a short list of things that I needed to accomplish to be ready for the race start. ...

The Swim Start

I got back to the hotel room at 5:30 am.  Right on schedule. I got changed into my tri bottoms, bra and tri top. I lathered myself up with Chamois Butter and Body Glide and sunscreen. I put on my wetsuit just to the waist.  I wore a cotton long-sleeved top to keep me...

What A Day, What A Gift

As I left to line up for the swim, Leland’s final words to me were, “Run YOUR race.” I thought of this as the gun went off for the 7th and final wave of over 200 women. My strategy for starting the swim is to start out slowly; keep my heart rate low and let my legs...

Rolling, rolling, rolling…RAW hide!

I was the most nervous about the bike leg, for many reasons. Here they are, in no particular order: -It’s long! -I could get a flat. -Something could happen to my chain. -It’s long! -It is a very hilly course. -It’s long! I think you get the picture. My goal, with the...