The race venue was only five minutes from the hotel, and the race didn't start until 10am. I'm assuming the late start was for the SUP portion, but an 8am start would have been preferable due to the heat. I'll get to that momentarily.
I had 3/4 of a protein bar and a small Fuji apple for breakfast, and ate three or four Chomps 15 minutes before race time. As far as breakfasts go, it was skimpy, but I hadn't really planned ahead very well for eating while traveling.
|At the start line!|
Our divisions were separated further by board type and combined-age. Matt's portion of the race was four miles on the water; mine was eight on land. We met at miles 2, 4, 6, and 8, then ran across the finish line together. At the beginning of the race, I wore three red bracelets, and we exchanged them at each meetup so that by the finish line, Matt was wearing them.
I was worried about getting lost, and the race was very small, but the organizers had done a great job marking the course, and there were volunteers pointing the way at all the tricky turns. I only got turned around once, and a fellow runner quickly sent me back the right way.
|Coming in to the first exchange.|
(Sorry...I know so many of you are braving sub-zero temperatures right now! I'm not sure what Florida is thinking, but someone needs to remind my backwards state that it's DECEMBER!!)
My legs felt fantastic, but three miles into the run - after our first exchange - I could feel my heart-rate getting out of control. I was having trouble breathing. I took extra time at the second exchange to drink more water and pour some over my head.
|Not exaggerating. Look at my idiot state.|
I like to be able to run an entire race without walking at all, but sometimes we need to assess the situation and make smart choices. Choosing to be smart is sometimes harder than pushing through, because of the disappointment that goes along with it, and this feeling that we're "backing down".
|Spoiler alert: we finished! Our medals are bottle openers. Love it!|
I can't do anything about it now; I'm glad we went to the race and I had a great time. Being disappointed in the outcome is stupid because the experience itself was such a great way for Matt and me to enjoy the sports we love together.
|Winner, winner, chicken dinner!|
|1st place...I like that our age group was 40-75.|
This race was a learning experience. At our second meetup, I told Matt I didn't think I could finish. By mile 6, I had resolved to finish strong and had found my second wind. I now see that I need to work on training for hitting the wall and working through less-than-perfect race conditions.
|Perfect beach weather; not exactly perfect race weather.|
|Enjoying the view as we wait to eat.|
Yay! Congrats on your first place Age Category!!!! :) I cannot believe that heat! Smart move assessing the situation. The heat can be killer when running.ReplyDelete
Awesome job guys!
Thanks! I was definitely not expecting it to be that warm!Delete
1st place! YAY! That is awesome. These races look so cool. Wish I lived closer to water. Georgia weather has been sort of strange also. On Friday it was 78* in Atlanta then Saturday morning it turned cold rainy and in the 50s. We can't make up our minds if we want to join Florida or stray to the north :)ReplyDelete
As much as I miss seasons, I'm not loving all that heavy snow I'm seeing on TV! Florida is the way to go haha. You know you're interested...!Delete
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Congrats on your first place! Your pictures are beautiful and make me long for warm weather... Not the best for racing in, though!ReplyDelete
For sure, usually race season here begins in September and we can rely on cooler weather from late October on to February or even March, but this winter has been HOT. So not normal!Delete
1st place in your division!!!!!!!!!!! I secretly had a feeling this would happen but I didn't want to say anything to put pressure on you! :) You guys are the best SUP/run couple!ReplyDelete
This weather is so ridiculous. I could not believe how hot it was this weekend. During my run yesterday my fingers were actually a little shriveled from wiping so much sweat off my face. Gross!
We were pretty lucky with the place...because there were so many divisions, we didn't have much competition!Delete
I really hope Florida remembers how to do winter properly by January, because that's when my next half is and I refuse to run it in 80 degrees!
Oh, stop being so modest. You guys are the best! :)Delete
It's so hit or miss here in FL isn't it? We'll have cold weather at the beginning of the week and it'll be 85 by the end of the week. Fingers crossed for your half in Jan!
Congratulations on your first place!!! And in that weather?!? I would have passed out on the side of the road. You see that 25 degrees way up there in Northern California? Yeah, I'm even further north and it was even colder. Not normal for us. We are freezing!ReplyDelete
I'm not sure what's going on with the weather all over the states. Definitely seems like extremes are the norm this year!
Wowzers...congrats - that's awesome!ReplyDelete
Major congrats on the 1st place!ReplyDelete