Saturday, May 10, 2008

I did it!!!!!



Well, the triathlon is over! And -- I finished it! Yeah! I was the slowest one in our group -- but not the last one of all -- close though. However, I felt strong throughout the whole thing -- and kept going, so that is what matters. Here are the fun details:


About a minute before our swim started, we were in the water, ready to head over to the 'starting line' and I tightened my goggles -- and broke them! OOPS. So, then, the horn blew, and I was off -- goggleless, but swimming. Hope I don't get some awful eye infection from the dirty water. After rounding the second buoy I just kept swimming -- with my eyes closed. Next thing I knew, I looked up and there was an ASU kayaker coming out to get me because I was so far off the course! So, there went a few minutes of hard-earned swimtime. But, once I got out of the water, and had my wet suit 'stripped' by the strippers, I was off. The rest of the race went exactly as planned - slow, grueling -- but without further incident.


The bike portion was hard and the longest part. The run was slow -- and steady. I was jogging so slow -- but I kept jogging. I probably ran 95% of the way. I ran the last 50 meters with the kids on either side.
I finished in about 1 hour and 50 minutes. I felt tired, but perfectly fine the whole race. I had wanted to enjoy the race DURING the race -- and I did. I must have told myself 20 times during the race -- THIS IS IT! You are actually doing it! I was smiling lots of the time. It was so fun to see all my friends at the finish line (the bonus for being the last one is you get all of them there to cheer you on). My family and friend Crystal came. It was great! Here is the whole group of us:


Liz Barrett, me, Janae Samuelson, Michelle Budge, Diana Waite, Kathy Skinner, Alison Wirthlin
I'm so proud of all of us! What a great way to celebrate Mother's Day.

12 comments:

Beckie said...

You Go GIRL !!! Maybe one day I'll join the ranks of the strong & impressive. Congrats Jennie - you rock !

Myla said...

Congratulations! I am so impressed!

GrGrGr said...

Hurrah for Jennie Marie!!!
We're proud of you for going all the way. We loved seeing the photos since we couldn't be there to cheer in person. Cheers for Eden and Josh for joining in the final laps.
Mom and Dad G

ducklips said...

I am so impressed. I'm not sure I would have swam in that lake w/o goggles.j/k

Adam said...

Nice job jennie



p.s.I said hi

Diana said...

You were awesome my friend! And I didn't see one tumble weed! We did it! Yipee!

Wendy said...

Congratulations, Jen!! Wahoo. You look so great. And what a cute way to end it with your kids running along side!

Any eye infection yet?

VikiViki said...

Good Job Jennie! That looks like quite the accomplishment. I would say something like, "someday I shall aspire to do what you just did" - but reality prevents me from typing that! Way to go!

Janell said...

You guys are my heroes! or is it heroines? Wait! That sounds illegal. Um, let's see ...

You guys are AWESOME! I mean, I am a BIG fan and all, but I don't have any desire to join you on these kinds of adventures any time soon! Card making - yes! Running - no thanks. Ha-ha! You're GREAT!!! I'm totally impressed.

scollier said...

Congratulations! I have complete admiration for you. What an accomplishment!!!

Dawn said...

That's awesome! Good job - I could never join you, but good for you!

Liz said...

Awesome job!!! You guys are so great for sticking to it and training so hard...it paid off!! I'm so glad that you remembered to enjoy it DURING the race...that makes a HUGE difference.

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