Sunday, May 17, 2009

Finished!

Just a very brief post for now, I think - I had a lovely day out there, in a hot, uncomfortable, slightly painful triathlonish way. I learned a number of things, I finished in a slightly faster time than last year (the number began with a seven rather than an eight, that is good, even if it was a pretty near thing!) and I will write a lavishly long analysis of the numbers later this week when the results are up online.

I yet again was pretty much walking most of the run, but I actually felt pretty fresh (my bike time was considerably faster than last year) - I was exiting from the swim and my right calf seized up in a huge cramp that just wouldn't go away. I need to stretch that muscle more regularly - I've been having minor problems with it while running, but this definitely makes it a priority (I am pretty certain it was a biomechanical rather than primarily metabolic cramp, if that makes sense - I had a lovely effortless easy swim, the time was slower than last year but it felt excellent - it may be that the course was a little long). Discretion was the better part of valor - I moved as fast as I thought sensible, but it was not very fast.

Best remark overheard on the course, from one of the 10-year-old boys at an aid station on the EXTREMELY HOT Bataan-Death-March-style run course, while looking at faces of oncoming runners: "Right now this is DEFINITELY not the happiest place on earth!"

That said, I am BURSTING WITH TRIATHLON ENDORPHINS!

7 comments:

Leah said...

Congrats! I love the post-race endorphin rush. I can ride that for days!

Wendy said...

Three cheers for Triathlon Endorphins!

I'm glad to hear it went so well, and look forward to the lavishly long analysis!

Levi Stahl said...

Congratulations, Jenny! Enjoy the post-race joy!

Rainmaker said...

Congrats! And that is indeed a hilarious quote!

Dances with Corgis said...

Woot, woot :) Nice job getting er done. Sounds hot :P

Hope your calf is feeling better.

ShirleyPerly said...

YAY, great job!! Funny about that volunteer's remark. It is definitely a tough run course.

Iron "GeekGirl" Misty said...

Congratulations! And did you know there is actually a marathon called the Bataan Memorial Death march marathon? It's held in southern New Mexico and involves lots of deep sand.