It's now Monday, a day after completing the 9th Annual Dunedin Rotary Triathlon at Honeymoon Island State Park. As I mentioned before, the last time I completed a triathlon was September 2005.
According to google, we had about 1.5 hour drive to Dunedin. We left our house around 4 am to make sure we would be there early to pick up the registration packet. I also liked getting there early to avoid all the traffic getting into the park. :) Another benefit of getting there early is you get to see the course so you have an idea of how it will flow once the race begins.
About 800 people competed in the Triathlon this past Sunday. The event consisted of a 1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 3.1 mile run. The organization of this event was amazing. Everyone knew what they were doing and the energy was contagious. If you've ever been to Honeymoon Island Beach, then you know there are a lot of "rocks". I was very impressed with the race organizers who were yelling at us to keep "swimming" on our way out of the water and to use our hands so we wouldn't cut our feet. Also, there were no rocks between the beach exit and the transition zone! Amazing job!
Personally, this was my best triathlon time 1:36:33. It was a longer bike run than my previous one, and I finished about 4 minutes faster. I can't complain. My transition times need work for sure. The swimming portion will always be my weakness, but that's ok. If I can survive that, I can certainly finish the other two.
The post race party was incredible. I couldn't believe they had people at the finish line handing you an ice cold bottle of water! There was plenty of food to go around. Muffins, cookies, bagels, bananas, apples, pizza and beer! Unbelievable. But the best part was having my mom, brother and daughter there with me. My biggest supporter, my husband, stayed home with our youngest daughter. I can still hear my youngest daughter cheering for me as I walked into our home. I may not have been fast enough to place and win a medal, but the amount of love and encouragement I received from my family was priceless. :)