Treacherous weather, survived the swim, strong on the bike, suffered through the run.
I had been looking forward to my first half-iron distance race for over one and a half years. Due to the pandemic cancelling my planned Augusta 70.3 the previous September, I opted for Memphis because it was a type of homecoming for me as I used to live there, and spent many days at Shelby Farms park with our two youngest boys. I was very consistent in my training up until August, when our daughter was born. From then on I had to cut many workouts short or miss them altogether in order to take care of her and the family. In addition to that there were many other potential road blocks to even making it to the starting line, including a difficult three week stretch of covid in the family and quarantining because of it, house problems, and difficult logistics in making it to the required check-in time on Thursday, flying back home Thursday night for something I couldn’t miss Friday morning, and then driving back to Memphis on Friday just in time to have dinner and get some sleep. The race conditions were, in the words of the female pro winner, treacherous. Steady rain the night before and all morning long created a muddy transition area and made the bike course a little slower, but it felt good on the run. The swim was not wet suit legal, so I didn’t wear my new Blue Seventy Reaction sleeveless wetsuit I was looking forward to using. That definitely hurt my swim time as I am not a strong swimmer to begin with, but I survived. I felt very strong on the bike and was passing people constantly. The run was okay, and I was very happy I was able to finish string once I got on the red carpet!
The thing that I am most happy about is the resiliency I had just to make it to the starting line. I knew if I made it to the starting line there would be no way I wouldn't finish, and I'm proud to say I made it. I hope to do more of these events and one day complete a full Ironman. I'm thankful for the sport of triathlon and how it has challenged me to be a stronger, more resilient, and better person.