Finishing my first Ironman triathlon was by far my largest physical goal that I’ve ever accomplished. It took me some time to gather my thoughts about the race overall. The lasting impact of this race on my life is still being felt more than 5 years later. But this is a window into how I felt immediately after.
After the Ironman race we took a family vacation
I’m finally home from my vacation. Interestingly I had I thought posted an interim blog post about my immediate thoughts while I was on vacation.
But I see now that it never posted. Hmmmm … the mysteries of the blogger app and international wifi.
Oh well. I’ll put together a post soon. In the meantime here is a photo of me practice swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to keep you happy while you wait 🙂
|yup … I look fabulous. I know. You’re welcome.|
The water was pretty cold but both of my kids did eventually brave the water for a few minutes. The waves come in and out pretty strongly right at the shoreline which scared them a bit (rightly so). So I helped them get past that so they could swim around. It’s also imediately about 5 feet deep so it’s not really a kid-friendly wading beach.
Basic Ironman France Pre-Race stuff that is helpful to know if you go.
I arrived in Nice at around 5 pm on Thursday the 20th. Pre-Ironman nerves were in full effect and since I was supposed to be there around 1pm I was a wreck. Our connecting flight was delayed in London for about 3.5 hours. I ditched my family at the hotel and ran over to check in. I managed the check in well even though I think I mangled my race number in French pretty seriously we worked it out. Then I came back and put my bike together and then I felt much less stressed.
I was admittedly a little nervous about my bike being assembled correctly since ummm I was using the little travel tool 🙂 So I put it on the to do list to have it checked by the mechanics. My husband agreed that was a top notch idea.
Over the next 2 days I did two practice swims thereby perfecting my wobble off the rocky ledge known as the “beach” and the crabwalk scramble needed to get out of the water onto the rocky “beach.”
On both practice swim days there was a boat floating in the water giving out hot tea. I think it was supposed to be like the Kona coffee boat but I’m not a tea drinker so the first day I declined. Then I saw they were giving away a free arm band so while I’m not into tea I am into free stuff so I swam out there and choked down a swallow of tea and got my free thingie. 🙂
My fellow Floridian racer David also took me on a ride of the bike course. Well some of it. We eventually got lost due to my superior navigation skills. In my defense I was navigating based on a Garmin 800 bike computer route. Ahem … not ideal. So we saw most of it. Enough that I wasn’t super scared of the course.
|This is the only photo I took of the bike course preview. It was a spectacularly beautiful course which you cannot tell from this non-fabulous photo.|
And that’s all I’ll give you for the preview. Next up the actual race report. Although I am hoping to find the one I thought I’d posted to share my first thoughts but we’ll see if I can actually find that.