- No new blisters! Well, other than from the flip flop run.
- Doing a race with so much walking between parking/transitions was good practice for hauling stuff from hotel to IMLOU transition.
- I'm now out to my neighbors as a triathlete-type, which helps my goals feel more real. Got body-marked at check-in on Saturday, thinking, "why not, I don't have anywhere to be," forgetting the neighbor's birthday party that afternoon – what a tool. But it turns out that, with my pre-race goof, the wait to get marked on Sunday would have been the difference between making it to the start or not.
- Got a pair of compression socks at the expo.
- Swam in conditions that cannot possibly be replicated at Louisville, but if they are, I'm ready.
- Learned the swim is not my weakness.
- Witnessed the reason I safety pinned my chip strap.
- Learned all my sustained efforts on the trainer did in fact transfer to climbing hills.
- Learned my bike position is sustainable.
- Discovered race excitement does not last for more than about 15 miles of the bike ride.
- Practiced water bottle hand-offs. I was really nervous about those.
- Got to test some of my nutrition plan.
- Got to test my night before and race morning routines.
- Was very impressed by the race staff and volunteers.
- Was inspired by the IronKids race going on during check-in. Those kids knew how to suffer.
- Learned I need a different helmet (already taken care of), which would have been a very silly lesson to learn in an Ironman.
- Am still proud of finishing that swim, like floating-on-air proud.
- Marked almost everything off my list as far as gear needed to race and train outside.
- Got in 40+ miles of practice riding in traffic with frustrated farmers buzzing by (can't blame 'em, we were so spread out).
- Learned Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple 50 SPF (has to be the Pure & Simple, the regular stuff is crap) gets the freckled, red-haired, swim- and sweat-proof stamp of approval.
- Learned I will still carry a tiny tube of sunscreen on the bike just to alleviate any worries.
- Saw someone only 3 minutes faster than I was on the swim get a Vegas slot. How cool.
- I'm not usual googly about celebrities, but saw what a neat sport this is to be able to mingle with elite athletes.
- May have finally succumbed to one excuse for quitting, but persisted through so many more before that point.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
more positives from failure
Keep thinking of more things that were good about trying the race Sunday: