Swim start was BUSY. There were over 75 people racing (probably close to 100 but who could count when you’re supposed to be swimming). The water was PERFECT. I had heard how freezing it was but considering how HOT I was in my wetsuit, for me, it felt awesome. The river was FAST and it seems that holding my 3 and 2 year old all the time has helped develop my arms (considering I haven’t swam in 3 years) because doing the swim wasn’t a big deal. I was actually passing people!! YIPPPEEE!! Before I knew it, I was back on shore and headed towards my bike. As I came out of the water, I was lollygagging big time. Not because I was tired but because I was just enjoying the moment. I finally decided I should probably move a little faster than slowpoke pace and actually did a little jog to the transition area. Everything ran smoothly and once again I was off…on the bike. It was a Sprint Mountain Bike Triathlon but really there was only about 3 miles that was actually off road so it made it easy to kick it into high gear on the bike. I was doing well, passing a lot of people and I felt GREAT. I wasn’t struggling at all. I basically found a few gears and made them sing for me. Twelve miles later I was at the transition area and changing my shoes. It was awesome. This race was turning into pure beauty for me. I was having the time of my life, a smile had been painted on my face the entire race so far. When I was in the transition area my heart danced as I could hear my little girls cheering for me. Wheeew…I tell you there wasn’t a sweeter sound to be heard. As I was ready to head out for the run, Tylar & Andi both wanted hugs and kisses. I LOVED THAT. Out on the run I brought my own water bottle and I’m SO glad I did because it was getting pretty hot outside. I, once again with SMILE firmly painted, found my running groove and one-foot-after-another completed the 3.1 miles. Coming into the finish line I could hear my family cheering me on and when I crossed the finish line my little girls ran up to me, with arms open wide welcoming their mommy home.
I HAD SO MUCH FUN!!! Racing, doing my best, for me, was unbelievably perfect. I was in the moment and JOY was screaming from within my spirit. YIPPPEEE!!!
Getting help from the Wolff pups (Tylar & Andi) as I set up my transition.
Hugs with QRgirl before the swim.
"I'm going to miss you" kisses from Tylar
All finished with the bike (smile still firmly attached).
HAVING SO MUCH FUN...Perma smile firmly placed.
All finished! My little girls are running towards me in this picture (although you can't see them).
Life is Short...Run Long