- The most obvious lesson - TRAIN for races!
- Although Victoria is not a 'hilly' route, it is undulating and that is challenging in it's own right. I don't think I've given it credit before.
- I have to find a balance between Ironman training season where I'm all about training, and the off season. This year, I seemed to think the off season meant do very little. Granted there were some reasons for not being able to train a lot, but I really need to get at least an hour a day five days a week.
- My lack of training has aided in my weight gain and I'm not happy about it. I am not going to worry about it though, I'm just going to get back into a normal exercise routine. (I don't consider IM training 'normal'.)
- I like the CarbBoom chocolate gels - they are quite yummy!
- Although I don't set time goals for triathlon, due to my 'still learning endurance' physical ability, I really would like to break that two hour mark and I think I can with some actual training.
- I'm quite proud of myself for getting to the finish when I did. Was it my goal? No. Was I upset that I didn't reach my goal? Nope! I just sat back and thought about how I could learn from the experience. It was all good.
So to sum up, it was a great day out there. Granted I am still paying for it physically. Although I can now go up a set of stairs, going down is rather awkward, not to mention somewhat painful. I realize just how much you use core stability in a race because it's been a couple of days and I still can't cough without feeling my sides ache. Sheesh. I am so thankful I have an accupuncture appointment tomorrow. Val will make things all better!
I hope everyone had a brilliant Thanksgiving weekend. I know I did!
Peace out my ever thoughtful friends!
PS. On the way to the car, after the race, I managed to find a place to sit for a moment...