Life is a journey, not a race

On most days I agree with that quote. But not yesterday.

Yesterday was race day.

And it was sweet.

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Vancouver hosted the first ever Subaru 5150 Triathlon.  Brand new race. Brand new course. This was dubbed the Canadian Championships as well (no pressure…).  The 5150 triathlon series name comes from the total distance of the race equaling 51.50 kilometers (1.5km swim, 40km bike, and 10km run).

The weather Saturday was crap. It was cloudy, rainy, and threatening our race the next morning… However everyone still got their bike racked (it is mandatory to check in and drop off your bike before race day – it helps the next day go a bit more smoothly) and prayed for better weather before bed. I went to bed at 8:00 PM (wild Saturday night for this girl).

I woke up at 3:15 AM.

The weather was perfect. Dry. Clear. Mild. Yeeessssssssss.

6:31 AM. “Pink Caps! Move on down and hop in! 4 minutes until race start”. OK. I guess so. I didn’t even dip my toe. Hopped right off the public wharf in Coal Harbour and landed in the shockingly brisk ocean. “10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…GO!”.

[SWIM] Good. Sighted pretty well. Goggles didn’t fog. Wet suit kept me warm. The huge waves from the departing Norwegian cruise ship were pretty fun. 20th female out of the water.

[BIKE] Legs went into terminator mode. Eyes just kept focusing on ‘ponytails’ (to pass). There was a total of 3 laps. It took me until 2.5 laps to be in the lead.

[RUN] Downed a gel. Relaxed my upper body. Loose shoulders. Long neck. Chin slightly tucked. I tilted into a nice forward lean…picked up my heels…and I was off! There was a bike leading in front of me. It had a sign on its handlebars. It said ‘leading female’. This is a common triathlon race occurrence…It just hasn’t been common for me. I’ve never led the run straight from the start of the run. But I guess I liked it there. Because I stayed there all the way until I crossed the finish line. I won. The whole thing. Holy crap!

Some people say “a run is a run”…”whether it takes you 12 minutes or 6 minutes”…”a 12 minute mile is just as far as a 6 minute mile”…True. But today I didn’t run. I raced. And the race was 51.50 kilometers. All participants went that far today. I just did it faster J

Until next time!