Saturday, April 4, 2009

A few highlights!

It wouldn't be right to talk about today without mentioning the support of family and friends - both in and out of the triathlon community. It's been a LONG journey, and your continuous love and support has been overwhelming.

THANK YOU. THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!

If you read my blog - and if you're reading THIS, then I assume that you just might - you probably realize that I write really really long race reports.

Thankfully, that's not this post.

But I DID race my first race back - Oceanside 70.3 today. It was painful - WOW, was it painful. You would THINK that I could remember how tough racing is...how much we suffer out on the course. But 16+ months of no triathlon racing erased that happy memory. Today, I remembered...

Um - at least my legs are working. Sort of.

A few highlights:

-THANK YOU to the volunteers and Marines who took care of us on the course today. They were spectacular, and made the race one of the best. Camp Pendleton - especially with the hills and wind - is majestic. At the awards ceremony, Overall Female winner Miranda Carafrae mentioned that one hill in particular looked as though it was, "a stairway to heaven...". Definitely a challenging course - but beautiful nonetheless. Thank you to everyone who made the event possible.

-Terra Castro. I saw this incredible pro during the run, recognizing her smile and team Luna Kit. I enjoy her blog and think that Terra is really a spectacular athlete - bot on and off the race course. About 1/3 of the way into my run she passed me and we chatted for a bit - at one point she gestured that I should stay with her and GO FOR IT when one of the spectator's yelled my place within my age group. She mentioned the house monster and then told me I was doing a really great job on my first race back... even though my legs felt like jelly, she motivated me to push that little bit extra. Thanks Terra!

-Wow - salt water is really salty. Yuck. And the ladies in my wave weren't exactly super lady-like when the gun went off. I think I got clobbered more by them than I did by some of the other waves we caught up with. But I found a great pair of feet, for which I was grateful...

-I used a ZIPP disk for the first time ever. All I can say is... WOW. For the first time in my life, I was making the "whomp whomp whomp" noise with the zipp. It was incredible. I've ridden a disk before, but it was nothing like what I rode today. (Thanks to Zipp, and my parents who helped out with this!).

-Proper running shoes made the difference - my quads really WERE like jelly, but didn't fail me on the run course. The brooks shoes worked great, and they even helped me maneuver through sand. THAT was fun (slight snicker).

-Yelling at friends during the run segment - I remember seeing Beth Shutt! and Courtenay Brown! and Rachel Ross! and Charisa Wernick! and yelling their FULL names - like what I see on their blogs. They are fast, and it was inspiring to watch them from the other side of the street.

-I didn't get eaten by a shark. But the thought did cross my mind...

-My shorts were ringed with salt stains - as was the side of my face. Um, I think I'll have to start using more salt. Yeah - that will be important!

-I didn't go into this racing hoping for a slot to Kona or Clearwater. I had a specific goal - yes. But the aim wasn't to qualify for a race. Before my crash I would put so much pressure on myself to do just that, and it took a lot of the fun away. I've realized that I do this sport because I LOVE it - not just to get specific results or qualify for races. And realizing this, I've become a lot happier, a lot healthier.

-But at the awards ceremony when the Kona slot rolled down to second place and Mike Reilley started mentioning how "it would be interesting because"... I cut him off mid sentence and said, "I'll take it!" My enthusiasm earned me a healthy round of applause from the audience. I'm sure they were laughing though at my bright pink compression socks...so Aloha!

-Even though I live in California, I am sunburnt.

-Running through soft sand hurts.

-I DIDN'T GET EATEN BY A SHARK!

-Seeing my friends spectating on the course was awesome - Natahneil, Mom, Cat, Lisa, Jessee, Shannon, Stephen, Shannon's friend (sorry I forgot your name), Bob, Laurie, Oscar and anyone else I forgot...THANKS!

-Knowing that my blogger friends, and friends from across the country were tracking me online was priceless. I carried you guys with me in spirit the entire way. THANK YOU!

Now - I'm tired. My compression socks are on, tummy is full of a BBQ Burger and beer sampler, and sleep is calling my name. British comedy is on in the background, Nathaniel is by my side, and it appears that The House Monster wants to jump on the bed.

Life is good.

THANK YOU ALL!

29 comments:

Bill said...

Wonderful! Congratulations on everything, Marit.

D said...

Awesome and inspiring. Great job out there today. So wish I could have been there, but I'm a total dumbass and didn't make it happen.

I absolutely can not wait to scream for you on the roads of Kona. It's going to be fantastical.

Damie said...

Life is so good. I am so proud of you for everything. Racing/training/tris- fun and important, but even more important is just being you and enjoying your good and bad days- your quality days in the ocean and with your friends and family- in essence, your life!!! Congratulations soooo sooo much and welcome back to racing!!!

Jen said...

I am so happy for you! When I read that you got a Kona slot I was SO excited! You have worked so hard and overcome so much.

Enjoy your recovery! Watch out Kona...here comes Marit :)

Molly said...

Marit, you were AMAZING today! So proud of you and so happy for you having such a great race. You were my hero today!!!

Charisa said...

Congrats!!!! Kona will rock :)

ADC said...

Well done Marit - I knew you could do it, bur somehow I forgot that Oceanside had Kona slots. So this is great news.

Ryan said...

You know what's funny? You told me you were crazy to sign up for another IM before your first...well now you are signed up for 3 IM's. Ha! And one of them is the World Championships!!!!

Pedergraham said...

All I can say is "Yay". Marit, I am so happy for you. Cherish these feelings and enjoy the rest of the weekend. You derserve it all!

Missy said...

Woohoo, way to go, what a perfect day! KONA, KONA, KONA!!! Nice, so happy for you.

D10 said...

I just started reading your blog and how inspiring. Awesome job out there. Congratulations.

Mary B said...

I am SO proud of you! You impressed me at camp, now, now, what can I say? We'll all be keeping an eye on the diesel and cheering for her through everything to come! Now go get some salty chips! ;) Congrats!

FLATOUT JIM said...

Heard from a little bird that you are bound for KONA, Congrats and good luck.

Jennifer Cunnane said...

Great job Marit! What a comeback - I mean, just WOW, I am floored. You did fantastic and congratulations!

Gould said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! wow. way to go. :-) i'm so excited for you. :-) keep doing what you're doing because it's working.

Kellye Mills said...

Ahh!! What a great day!! You did so great, and what a comeback my dear! :) We are so proud of you!!

Stef said...

Congrats again Marit! So very happy for you!

Maijaleena said...

Congrats on the Kona slot! Awesome job! That makes me laugh that you say people's full names when you cheer for them. Kinda like when I went up to Matt Reed at nationals and said "Hi Matt Reed" and he said Hi, but gave me a weird look...

BreeWee said...

Welcome to Kona Marit! See ya in October! So happy for you!! INCREDIBLE!!

Marni said...

YAY!!! I wish I was there to see you in pain! You did awesome :)
-marn

runningyankee said...

marit
enjoy every one of the compliments and accolades and well wishes. you deserve EVERY single one of them. you work so hard and have the biggest heart out there. cheers!

GoBigGreen said...

Ok you have heard from me in FB and email but I hope you are resting and recovering for a bit. And Pink Socks. Who woulda "thunk" they would be so powerful!!! WEaring mine too! You Rock!!!

Shan said...

Love ya girl! I am SO amped for you!! Maybe I can come to Kona with you to be on your cheering squad?! ;) xoxo

Ange said...

Super HUGE Congrats!!!!!!!!!! YOUR FIRST RACE BACK!!! UNBelievable!! Yeah!

Courtenay said...

yay!

i hope you enjoyed your sunday. i would like to enjoy a sundae on what's left of my sunday i'm not sure i can make it down the stairs to the kitchen, so instead i've been typing drivel for a good hour and a half ;) .

you are the best homestay ever! i really enjoyed this weekend, thank you!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Found you via Charisa's blog....congrats on your race and the Kona slot! That's great!

Maggs said...

Congrats! Great race!

Wil said...

AWESOME job out there! can't wait to watch the rest of your journey :)

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