Sunday, June 10, 2007

"The woman who starts the race

is not the same woman who finishes the race."

That's what my Danskin medal says. I finished. It was ugly. I almost didn't do it. There was a major freakout on the lake. Major. No, really, MAJOR. I'll tell you more about it later.

For now, we're back at the hotel, cleaning up and packing up. We have to be back in South A for my mother-in-law's birthday lunch at 4:00, so my time is no longer my own today. But I finished.

I learned a lot out there. And yes, the woman I am now *is* different than the woman I was five hours ago. Peace out, peoples. Just so you know, each of you who comes by here, whether you leave comments or not, whether I've ever met you in person or not, owns a piece of this medal around my neck today. Seriously. Thank you for being alongside me this whole time.


From Here to There said...


Congratulations! Can't wait to read all about it. Bask in your glory today!!

Nancy Toby said...


Freakouts (meaning hyperventilation and racing-heart panic response) in the swim are fairly common. Not sure if that's what happened with you, of course.

It's a body's natural response to a sudden influx of adrenalin - and it just becomes so uncomfortable in water because breathing becomes a problem. Practice (especially practice keeping swimming when you're out of breath, and open water swims) and long long in-water warmups on race day uusually helps prevent them.

Again, congratulations, triathlete!!

Diane Kucera said...

Thought about you all day!

Congrats to my Numero Uno Gal - I am proud of you in every way, shape and form!!!!

Vickie said...

Another one on the books! You are getting to be an old pro. Especially with the panic attack. You aren't a triathlete without one. And now you've gotten that out of the way. Can't wait to hear the details.