Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Just a Tidbit
Finishing the run, through the oval.
Oh! I can't wait to the whole Lake Placid story! But not tonight... too tired.
Here are the highlights:
Strong swim. I did get hammered in the beginning, though, and that made me want to quit five minutes into the race! Men. Argh. If you can't swim, don't go to the front and clobber the rest of us!
Good Bike: I wanted it to be faster, but it quickly got warm and really windy coming into Wilmington (esp. on the 2nd loop) and that made it tough. I hit 43 mph going downhill!
The Run: Oh boy. Here is where I need to learn how to do IM! Wow! That ranks up there with one of the hardest efforts I've ever made. The best part of the run was walking through each aid station and pouring cold sponge water all over my body. It got hot. And my body is used to running in the cold and wet.... grrr!
Really , though, my downfall was that somehow I got a UTI infection (which is now a bladder infection, I think) and it became full blown during the run. No fun. My doc thinks I got it from peeing on the bike early on and then staying in said wet shorts and continuing to pee into them for the next six hours. My immune system was down from the effort--and something about proteins not being processed correctly and bacteria building quickly etc. etc. Be warned! It could happen to you! It happens fast-- and if it does, it's so not cool.
More on the later. :) Of course, you know I love to be graphic and gross. I bet you can't wait to hear all about burning, bloodied pink pee. Oh! I can't wait to write about it!
Here are a few pics of me finishing her up. I had a great, great day, despite the little UTI problem. There were serious high points and low points, just as I had been told there would be. But I am now and IronWoman!