Monday, September 03, 2007
Mike you did awesome, and I am proud of you and your ability to find the positive. You just added some more tools to your box now!
swim: cold and slow. Got my goggles knocked off right from the start, so i was dead last coming into the swim. Managed to pass some guys on the swim but my heart was about to pop outta my chest. i struggled to get out of the swim exit ramp, slipped a few times and pulled my hamgstings trying to get a balance.
t1: long transition to the bike and i was trying to jog my legs off for the bike.
bike: spinned out for 5min and stretched to get my legs back, but my right hamgsting would still continue to bother me until after this morning´s jog (monday). It was hurting really bad and i couldn´t loosen it up, so i just dídn´t have the power on the bike to chase off some of these guys. Also, a lot of people were riding in packs which apparently is very common in Worlds.
t2: long transition again and i try to not agitate my hamstring and just shuffle my way through it.
run: longest freaking 10K i have ever had in my entire life. i think i might have had tears coming out of my eyes at some point, but i couldn´t let my legs stop moving because i couldn´t get it going again if i stopped. every change of surface hurts. my heart rate was off-the roof and i felt my heart was just about to come out of my chest. it just felt really really really long and agonizing.
Overall, it was a very disappointing race right off the start. the bike and run wasn´t the worst, i managed to get a PB on the run by 20 seconds or so i think. It was still the most painful and torturing 2 hours of racing, i think the only thing keeping me going was the guilt and shame i would feel after if i quit at a World Championship.
This trip and experience have been amazing: i finished. Even though the race went horrible, but i think i finally know how i should feel in a race. i have no regrets at the end of the day. I think i´ve learned the most about myself and training in this past year then all the time i´ve been in triathlon combined.
i hope you two (josie and sandra) got my postcard. I got the flyer the 2009 Gold Coast Worlds, so i am looking forward to make a come-back at the next world championship. Now, i´m just going to relax and try to keep mz bodz healthy. We´ll talk about when i get back.
*CHEERS* from Hamburg, Germany.