Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Crossing another one off the bucket list...

So this past weekend I competed in completed my very first half ironman. Woop! Shocker- it was WAY more fun than I thought it would be!! Despite the fact that I did the 56 mile ride on this.....
The WHOLE ride totally sucked. I thought maybe I was just being dramatic- but then I realized I was getting mad props from people as they whizzed past me on their fancy tri bikes ("Damn, Becky, you're a BEAST on that bike!" Thank you, speed racer on the bike that costs more than my car. Next time I will strive to be more like you) (Read: I'm going to light this bike on fire, make some awesome s'mores in the burning carnage, and buy myself a tri bike. STAT.)

I always seem to forget how ridiculous it is packing for a tri versus a marathon.. Swim cap, goggles, wetsuit, flip flops, helmet, bike shorts, shirt, socks and sneakers, shades, body glide (so clutch!), water bottles, sunscreen, compression socks...all of which needs to fit on a towel the size of a shoe box. It's like playing tetris. But I'm not good at tetris, so everything winds up in a pile on my towel next to my bike, and my transitions take 5 minutes because I can't get organized.

Not to mention the FUEL!

The swim was (sorry, fellow triathletes who hate the swim) amazing! I had debated for a few weeks on not wearing a wetsuit (65 degree temps...that's like a really good day at HCB...I don't need a wetsuit...). The day before I left for Galveston I invested in one. By. Far. The. Best. Purchase. EVER. Man! That thing made me feel like I was flying on top of the water! I'll always be a swimmer- so that first little part of a tri will ALWAYS be my favorite! (The rest of the tri, however, is usually another story.)
Bonus! I got a "free" cap! 

The run following the ride on my Franken-hybrid-bike (made up of all sorts of random parts) was pretty rough. I can't clip in to my bike, so the spiky pedals dug into the bottoms of my feet for 56 miles. As soon as I hit the pavement to start running, the bottoms of my feet started burning like nothing else I'd ever felt before. On top of that, it was noon, so the pavement was hot by then. I felt like my socks were lined with hot sandpaper for the whole 13.1. I've had better.
It may look like I'm running, but it's only because I saw Donnie and his mom. As soon as I was past them, I started hobbling again.

Donnie and his mom came out to cheer me on for the run portion on Sunday. (Slash- maybe I begged Donnie to come out and cheer for me because I wasn't sure if I was going to make it if I didn't have him there for me at the end. What a sport, right?!) They were SUCH champs! The sun was relentless, and we all left Galveston with ri-dic-u-lous sunburns. I have the best family!
And FRIENDS! These ladies MADE ME SIGNS!! I've never gotten a sign before!!! They made me feel SOOOO special!! Love! Another friend from work (not shown in the picture above) came too- for the WHOLE weekend!! I've got the best support system!

Not to mention my parents sending me these!! I know if they were closer they would have "loved" to come out and support me in the hot sun for 7 hours. Lucky for them, they're in NH :) They sent me these fabulous flowers at work to let me know they'd be rootin' for me every step of the way. (Awwww!)

The reason.

So despite a terrible ride, a sandpaper-sock run, and lots of heat and humidity, I think I may have found my distance....once I get a good bike, that is. I surely never wanna do another one of these on a hybrid. I also feel like, since there's only one big daddy race left that I haven't gotten to yet, perhaps...perhaps...I'm going to add a full Ironman to my bucket list. We shall see...(you next May, Ironman Texas.)

Happy Hump Day!

What type of crazy race do you want to add to your bucket list?

What part of a triathlon freaks you out the most?
-the bike. For sure.

What's the best sign you've ever seen at a race?
-I still like "Worst Parade Ever."


  1. Way to go Becky!! That's an awesome effort. Kids have been asking for swimming lessons again!!

    1. Thanks!! And our pool is kind of down for the count right now. Something's up with the filter. I'll have to keep ya posted :)

  2. You are amazing and I am so proud of you!! One day, you and i will do a marathon together; I don't care if we are 50 by the time this happens, it will be checked off of my bucket list. I saw this picture on Facebook the other day of a guy running in a shirt that said (on the back) "I'm 50, fat, diabetic, and beating you". I thought it was funny. However, that would not be funny if I was reading it during a race and that guy was beating me.

    1. Aww, I love you! And we will OF COURSE run a marathon together! As long as it's Disney..... :) I saw that same picture on Facebook! I will say some people who pass me up are, indeed, quite inspiring...

  3. I can't even begin to fathom what you body would have shut down! You are a true bad ass!

    1. Haha, thanks Christina! But I don't know how to stand on my head....

  4. Oh my gosh! I got tired just reading what you did!!! Way to go!!!!! :)

    1. Aww, thanks Becks! It helped that it was beautiful weather, and on a course lined with cheering spectators :)

  5. Just reading what you did made me tired! Congrats!