|Finisher's Medal & 2nd Place AG|
They spoiled us with schwag for this race! A tech tee, running socks, a running hat, logo'd swim cap & a backpack! All with the very fun Disco logo.
The alarm went off at 4:30am and I'll have to admit, I just wanted to stay in bed. I did a quick check of the weather.... Awesome! 88 degrees. No amount of rain dancing was going to change our 20- day 100+ degree weather streak. We were in for a very hot, very humid race. Welcome to racing in Texas!
I've been looking forward to this race for awhile, because a) the atmosphere is fun and b) several of my friends were racing, which makes any event that I do. I picked up my mom and we made it to the Lake Ray Roberts up in Denton by about 5:45am.
|"I'm not sure who was sweatier- us or him. I was not|
putting my arm around him"
I found Jason and we all hung out together until the race started. There were three distances for this race. A sprint, Olympic and an X-50, which is a hybrid race that falls between an Olympic and a 1/2 Ironman (and coincidently is a total of 50 miles.)
|Jason & Me - Getting ready to |
head to the swim start
The start of the race was pretty much a cluster. First, we can't see the three distance buoys. Apparently, the race directors decided to just have the X-50 & Olympic distance racers swim the same distance- so, ours ended up a couple hundred meters long. And, the water was at least 87/88 degrees. It felt like bath water.
|My awesome mom!|
|Me, Michelle & Marcy|
|The Brian Loncar Team posing with Aquaphor samples!|
After about mile 2, I started to feel much better and was able to get into a rhythm. It was a two-loop run and thankfully much of it was shaded.
What I learned from this race/ racing in the heat:
- Tinted goggles made a huge difference for me, because we were swimming into the sun. I raced with clear ones last year at this same race and had a hard time spotting. Know your swim course!
- Carry more water on the bike than you think you'll need. I went through one water bottle before I was even 5 miles in.
- Eat more pre-race, because I do not tolerate racing/ eating in the heat. I just can't stomach eating anything. This happened at IMTX and this race. Lesson learned.
I have a lot of hard work to do in the next few weeks. Hope you have a good one! :)
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