I did my last triathlon (the Jingle Bell Triathlon) and most likely my last bike ride of 2008 today.
Cindy ran the 5k portion in 28ish minutes and Misty swam 400 meters in a little more than 8 minutes. And me, I tackled what was referred to as a “brutal” 25k bike ride. (It kind of really was brutal.)
We all know I prefer riding on flats and if I have to be on a hill, I prefer riding down it. This route, well, there was a lot of uphill.
I did good though, for being able to avoid hills while cycling the way I do, I did good. 25k in 1:15:39. Normally, well, even this time initially I thought that this wasn’t a great time, but then I factored in the hills, and this was a great time.
I only had to stop once and it wasn’t because the hills were causing me heartache, it’s because I was roasting and I had to strip down. I had a beanie on underneath my helmet and I was wearing a jacket but no jersey under that jacket so I thought I’d be ok since it was soooooo cold but I still managed to overheat. I ended up having my jacket flapping in the wind. I always wondered why the peeps in the Tour de France did it since it created drag and surely that wasn’t good for them, for me I didn’t care much.
I didn’t have my speedometer because I forgot it, and in a way I’m bummed because I don’t know how fast I was going down the hills that the helper people were yelling at me to slow down on because there were turns at the bottom. I love flying down the hills and then leaning into my turns. It’s exhilarating. But, it was also good to not have it because I wasn’t worried about my speed, or the time it was taking me, or how far I had to go…it was freeing in a way.
It was a good ride, it was a good triathlon, and I had a great team. I think after today my ideal triathlon consists of me only cycling. I really enjoyed it, I only had to worry about my blood sugar through one sport and it was less stressful…I really enjoyed it. Did I mention I had really great team mates, and that our team name was the Three French Hens, because that’s important.