Leading up to the race I was pretty nervous because, I had just come off my first team camp last week and knew that there would be strong competition on the run. Full disclosure is that this is the discipline that I am the weakest at. I have been really putting in efforts in running for the past 3 months, doing at least 2 interval runs a week,. I do one short interval run and one longer run and credit the Phat GirlZ and my friend Michelle for putting in the work with me. I knew I had to focus on myself and be happy with whatever the outcome was as long as I gave it my all.
The duathlon consisted of a 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run. I started with the race with my husband and twin 11 year old kids. I knew my son would take off right away because he is an excellent runner but I couldn’t get caught up in that. I ran my first mile in 7:15 and saw about 5 girls ahead of me, I knew I couldn’t run much faster or it would screw up the rest of my race so I had to continue to remind myself that this was a race against myself. The second mile I got my heart rate under control and ran into transition.
My teammates did incredible as well. Mindi Straw took 2nd in her age group, Ashley Ladner and Palmer Waechter took 1st in their age group and of course Amy Stanfield crushed it and was the overall female clocking a time of 53:02. Thank you Chain Tri Sisters for allowing me to be a part of this community and can’t wait until we race again!