He did it! My husband finished the DOathlon! I am so proud of him. He didn't have much time to train in the last few weeks and these running/endurance events aren't his thing. He can squat, lunge, push, pull hundreds of pounds - that is his thing. Lifting is his equivalent of my running. For the last month he modified his training to put in a few bikes and a few runs. It would be like me going to a weight lifting contest after training with my 8 lb dumbells for a few weeks. It would be like me doing any strength training at all - yeah, right - I'm not that talented or so predisposed.
That is why he is my hero. He was nervous about being able to finish and he was anxious about being slow but he did it anyway. Yeah Jim!
And for me? I finished. I finished! I FINISHED! I can't imagine how the winners felt today, but I bet that my joy was 10 times greater! I have never started a race with full acceptance that I may not finish. I had no expectations. There was no pressure. I just went out there too see if I could run, hoping that this would signal that I have no injury. (Or a very little one.)
It was a small, very fast field that went out fast and got faster. I laughed out loud when the field dropped me in the first 200 meters. But I raced my race. Free and easy. Nice and slow. At about 2 1/2 miles in the first 5K run, I finally caught a runner but still stayed low key. My back wasn't crazy about the bike thing, but finally about 15K into the 20K it relaxed and I found my rhythm, but still used the easy gears. Definitely my slowest bike ride ever.
And the last 5K run. It was the SWEETEST run in my life. I think I smiled the entire time. I was so happy that my back held it together. That run felt so good. I even caught a couple runners - what's up with that? I was so thrilled that I crossed the finish line and just kept running. Partly because I needed to grab my camera to get a picture of Jim finishing. And then I turned around and ran all the way back. I was like a little kid - I just kept running around.
I was fifth from last- I gave up counting my rank from the top winners - way too much math! Jim came in second to last. And what that means my friends is that WE didn't finish last. For a day that started with no expectations, it is my most treasured finish ever.
I always have a song that seems to be in my head during a race that also seems to describe my day. This time it was Free and Easy Down the Road I Go by Dierks Bentley. The song and my day were heavenly.
I'm Back! No pun intended. Oh what the hell - pun intended! I'm livin' large today!