Despite some botched bike pacing, I had the swim and run of my life and rounded the corner to the finish line to nothing but utter surprise of a time I never thought I would hit.
It was a good day, and I learned that even the hint of thinking about quitting a race is a VERY dangerous thing.
But! One thing that made this race one of my most favorite races ever was a great group of friends and family to race with and have as support.
I can't thank enough to Beth for her SUPER DUPER sherpa-ing. You really took the stress out of the equation!
Can't thank enough to my parents for making the trek up from NH and for cheering support.
And I couldn't think of a better group of friends to race with: Jennie and Kevin, Jeff and Annie, Mandy, and Dave and Jen.
Seeing you all at the swim start totally took the edge off the entire thing and for one of the first times in a triathlon, I wanted to kick the crap out of the swim (and other people! haha!).
After the race, I went back and looked at my goals post and was actually shocked at how many things I actually hit! There was one very blatant thing that I did NOT hit, but that "miracle" of a marathon made me feel better about my bad bad bike pacing.
This race was the largest PR of my life (60 mins, 8 secs) and wrapped up a super successful PR-ridden season.
Stay tuned for the FULL race report early next week!