So, it's been over a week since the race. The medal is hanging on the bulletin board at work with my other tri medals, I've worn the finisher hat every time it was even remotely appropriate, I finally cut off the athlete bracelet, and I've had a chance to think about the whole experience and what I'd like to do next.
|Also, there has been a lot of refueling.|
On, the bike, well, I'm still positively buzzing about how well that went! To hold a faster average speed over the hills of Muskoka than I did at Barrelman last year? I mean, come on. Couldn't really be prouder of myself (while still feeling motivated to do even better!).
The run, I'm not really satisfied with. The time was fine, and about what I expected, but I do feel like I mentally gave up a bit, so I'm not fully satisfied with the effort. I know I have a faster half iron run in me, it's just a matter of getting the training to line up and my head on right. It's always good to have goals and something to work on, right?
|Pic my husband took as I headed for the finish. If only there was a way to bottle that feeling! This is why we keep coming back and doing more races...|
|Just me and the road bike, having a little fun.|
Getting to the top of that hill without falling off my bike or coughing up a lung? One of the highlights of my year so far, really. Although next time I'm either taking the road bike or getting a new cassette for the tri bike. With the 11-25 I basically ran out of gears at the bottom of the hill and had to muscle my way up the whole thing. That's not a great feeling.
|I did not stop and take pictures at Rattlesnake. This was long after when we stopped to get Cokes. BEST THING EVER.|
|More roads to explore and Strava segment leaderboards to climb...|
Next week, though, it'll be 4 weeks until Goderich and 8 weeks until Barrelman. Back to the training grind, because I want to kick some serious Barrelman ass this time around and improve my times in all three sports. Assuming decent weather, it should be a great race, and I'm ready to gear up and put in some hours to make sure of it!
|Also, more cheesecake to eat so I better get back to training ASAP.|