|A little anxious before the swim start.|
Who am I kidding, I just wanted to cool off in the water!
There’s a first time for everything and this morning for me was a big fat DNF.
Let’s shift back in time: two weeks ago I signed myself up for the Qld Gatorade Series at Robina. 750m swim, 20km cycle, and 5km run. I’ve done it before and I needed something to motivate me to get back into training so I thought the sprint distance triathlon would be perfect.
My wave start this morning. 9:02am. It was already in the 30s and around 60% humidity but it like mid to high thirties in the sun. It was going to be a fun race and the only part I was looking forward to was the swim so I could cool off.
|Taking way to long to get on the bike.|
I felt like I was in slow motion.
I thought I’d never get to Jarek who was looking out for me thinking I’d turn round the roundabout and pass him. I knew where he stood but getting to him took effort. I was wobbling from side to side and hoping that I would not (a) puke, or worse, (b) pass out.
I got someone to get me a bit of gatorade at the finish station and that helped a little (ignored the no sugar rule for a moment). As soon as I got to Jarek he gave me a cold drink and I started to feel worse. With no shade in sight it was difficult to get out of the sun. I needed to get into the water but the water was warm too.
When I went to grab some water from the final water station one of the lovely volunteers saw my state and got me to take a seat, drink a few cups, got me to plump my feet into a bucket of icy cold water and gave me a plastic bag of ice for my neck. It was a blissful moment and by then I knew I was going to be alright.
|Putting on a happy face.|
I was happy to be going home to eat and lie down!
While the temperature outside has decreased, inside it’s still a sauna so I’m sitting in front of the fan with a cold glass of water beside me. I did DNF but I also gained the motivation to get back to training.