I raced today. I had a DNF on an easy course I have had a lot of fun racing on in the past. That is a sign
OKtri, Thanks for the props on the swim, it seems to be all I can do these days (no I am not looking for sympathy) I have zero energy. I ran this morning and for the first time I got out about 2 miles in my 4 mile loop and couldn't make myself go anymore, I am very down and disappointed in myself right now! Grrrrrr!
Jani Pananni! I did get you on the swim, but it is nothing I am proud of still!
Got to the race site and carried the heavy a$$ed tent to the spot I thought would work well for the after party and ceremony. That thing is heavy, thanks RB and Blake for help setting it up.
Set up transition and headed down to the H2O.
I have this thing I do, it is very easy for me to stretch IN the water as opposed to on land and I get in about 10 min before my start and stretch.
Well a gentleman who claimed to be a race director began yelling at all folks who were not purple caps to get out of the water. Mind you I was all the way at the end almost in the bushes with the big a$$ snake I saw a few minutes later. The gentleman was very abrupt with his request for non-purple cappers to get out of the water.
I ignored the first three or four shouts and then he addressed me personally. At the time I had no idea who this person was, he was just another racer for all i knew so I told him (the first time) I was stretching and had no intention of cheating and going out with the elder group. He didn't hear me I guess and spoke in a very rude manner for me to get myself out of the water. I then responded in a manner that i wish I hadn't but i don't enjoy being talked to like a child so I told him if he wanted to physically remove me great if not please shut up and I think I might have used and F word, (I did). He then said he was going to have me DQed since he was a race director.
None the less I was not having a very good start to my race day.
I felt pretty good actually in my swim. I felt I was making strong strides, but I guess I didn't since I was about 5 minutes behind last year.
The swim was un-eventful until the last 50 meters. It was great. I am heading into the finish and I feel someone GRAB my ankle and literally pull me. Then I felt and arm on my shoulder do the same thing AGAIN. So I grabbed the first thing available and the next thing you know I am in a battle royal to the finish. I was actually giggling, but I don't think the other guy was since it is VERY hard to put me under, I am buoyant.
I jogged the whole 4 miles route to transition and felt pretty good.
At about mile 4 where we turn right onto the rough road I was amazed that I was only averaging a little over 12 mph AND I needed a break! I got off the bike and pulled off to the side and noticed my front wheel come to an abrupt stop when i lifted the bike up to get on the side of the road.
MY FRONT BRAKE WAS STUCK ON MY RIM!!! That explained the 12 mph.
I got back on the bike after adjusting the brake and only made it another 3 or 4 miles before I gave up. I was very pissed at myself and disappointed in my efforts, but this whole week i have had nothing in the tank so I am taking a break,
I have contacted MultiSports and given up my spot in IMFL. I am going to race in Met Pie, but I have no goals other than to finish.
Then I will take a hiatus for a while. I don't know how long, a year maybe more and focus solely on my weight loss which I am having success. I think I am going to do a lot of running since that is my true weakness.
Thanks to everyone for your support over the years. I will stop in and post my weight accomplishments here and there.
Thanks again. I love this group even the haters.
Peace out . . .