Three words: it was ugly. And yeah, I have the medal. But I am definitely not a triathlete.
I know I had no time goals, but it would have been nice to finish in under four hours. And I would have easily done that, if I had been able to run. My first transition took over twenty minutes, because I had to run seven hundred yards from the swim exit to the transition area. Run? Ha.
The swim wasn’t a big deal… it probably took a bit longer than average. The bike took about as long as it would have taken me in training, which sucks, but I didn’t want to push too hard because I was trying to reduce the stress on my back since I know that I am better at running than cycling, and that is the one area where I could have killed it.
Instead, it killed me. I ran three steps, and it hurt so badly I couldn’t even breathe. I ended up walking the entire 10K. (In case you were wondering, it’s easier to run 6.2 miles than it is to walk.) “Walking” is actually a generous term… “hobbling” is more accurate.
I’m used to coming in somewhere in the middle of the pack. Not all the way near the bottom. I know that wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t walked, but I don’t really care. I am freaking pissed. I did not spend months training for this and giving my stupid sorry excuse of a body pretty much every dumb thing it asked for just to get this in return.
So, in short: I am disgusted and infuriated, and oh yeah, I’m in so much pain it’s not even funny. Which totally throws off my half marathon training schedule, and I’m supposed to be doing a race in less than two weeks, except that seems like a big fat joke since right now I’m lucky if I can walk without having people wonder whether I’m drunk.
Maybe I have the medal. But I don’t deserve it. I’m not a triathlete. I’m not even an athlete. I’m just a lazy fat girl (doing a very poor job of) pretending to be something else.
And with that, I don’t even really need to say that I am doing the world a favor and going on blog hiatus again. (Not that the world really cares, but whatever. You know what I mean.)