aka "The Day I Quit Triathlon Forever".
I think Chris Cornell says it the best "I fell on black days".
Although, I am pretty sure he's not talking about triathlon.
Yeah...so not a great race for me. And by not great, I mean awful, horrible, no good kind of race. It was such a bad day for me, I don't really even want to remember it again to write this. But, I should....so I can (hopefully) learn from it.
It was basically as follows, a swim I was proud of, a bike that wasn't embarrassing, and a run that was.
And it is not necessarily my times that I am embarrassed by, it is how I dealt with them that I am not proud of. I just fell apart out there. Wanted to be home with my girls and husband not suffering out on this hillier than hell run course. The only thing that kept me from quitting was the fact that I didn't know how to get back to transition. Honestly. That is the ONLY reason for me not DNFing.
Oh my, was I in a dark place on that run course.
Throwing up a few times didn't seem to brighten my mood any either. ;)
I quit triathlon.
More than once.
I quit training for anything.
I questioned what is wrong with me that I insist on doing painful things to my body, like this.
On every damn hill.
I walked on the run.
I never walk on the run.
I talked it over with Jen afterward...I needed some perspective. I was bummed. (Very helpful...thanks, Coach.)
I have worked hard this season. And it just didn't come together for me out there today. It took a little bit of time to realize that it was a "bad race" and I am not a "bad racer" or ill prepared.
I was ready to race...and excited. But, apparently my body was not. I've been sick the past two weeks with first a stomach flu, then a cold. I think my body was just not ready to go hard for over two and a half hours. My body gave up starting on the bike, then my mind, on the run.
That is what I am so disappointed about. That I was so ready to quit.
Oh well, something to work on. I am not quite ready to quit racing. Nope. Not just yet. That was just the pain talking. :) One more tri this season in a few weeks and I am already psyched to go, go, go.
That is what is so frustrating, difficult, annoying and ultimately rewarding about triathlon. That you always, always have something to improve upon and the days that it all comes together for you are so rare and the result of so much hard work.
Much to my dismay, you cannot PR every race.
My splits....I ended up 3rd in my age group, which funnily enough is my best AG finish at Tugaloo.
Kate Parker 33 Roswell GA 4 25:26 2.2 1:56 3 1:20:46 19.4 0:54 5 50:48 8:12 2:39:48