Creating a Cycling Family

Granite Man Race Report

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2011 at 5:54 PM

It’s done! I finished the triathalon I have spent the last 6 months training for, and I fell really good. I was prepared for the race and it showed. I was calm and confident going into the race. John has turned me into a swimmer and it showed.

 

John and I drove down the night before and stayed in Medford. I was feeling good about things, but I was still a bit unsure about the swim. I had heard so much about these mass-start open water swims that I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew that if I was the only one swimming it would be no problem, but I was going to be swimming with 60 others.

 

The alarm went of at 5:20am. We got our stuff ready and headed out right away. We had built in plenty of time to setup our transition area’s and this really helped keep things running smooth. After not to long, we got our wetsuit’s on and checked out the water. I was feeling great.

 

As I started swimming, I thought, “ hey! I’m doing this and I’m killing it!” That was a great feeling. I was confident and calm. The swim was really over before I knew it. As I headed for shore, I was so calm I planned out my bike clothes.

 

Swimming in this race really taught me a lot. Everyone I know had heavily expressed their own insecurities and concerns about open water swimming, so much that I had taken them on. What I learned in this race was these problems were people’s mental barriers holding them back. If you relax, remain calm and focus you can nail the swim.

 

I got on the bike in record time and headed off. It was a bit disorienting at first while my body adjusted to being on land, but I didn’t crash. The bike leg was difficult, but fun. Mountain biking is much more fun than road time trials.

 

The transition to the run was really difficult. T2 was so much harder coming off the mountain bike. My legs were tired in so many different ways. I had used more muscles to push the mountain bike than I had ever done on the road. It took over a mile for my legs to even think running was possible. I was nearly walking coming out of T2, but I pushed through it.

 

The final 4 miles of the race were survival. The run sucked. It was extremely difficult to cut into a rhythm on the trail. I was bombarded by a continually off-camber course filled with large rocks, logs and creek crossings. At times, I thought I might have been going so slow that the finish line had been taken down and I would just run to the car and pass out.

 

In the end I finished the race right in the middle of the males overall. My bike, swim and transition times were solid. In the end the run was what pushed me down the results list. It’s my hardedst leg and it also seems to be the one where the race is won or lost. I have some work to do before the Tri At The Grove.

 

The Granite Man taught me a lot, but the biggest lesson I learned was that we are all tougher than we think we are. The human body is much more capable of things than we give it credit for. Our bodies can do amazing things when we get our mind out of the way. To often we tell ourselves that we can’t do something before we even attempt it. That’s just a bunch of B.S. You can do anything you want.

 

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