Sorry it's long, and all I did was swim :)
This was my 4th relay ever, but my first on this course. And my first triathlon since Oct 2012!
For those of you that don't know... I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Dec 9th. I've been trying to get back to exercising, and can manage about 2-3 workouts a week (usually kettlebells at Evolution Fitness). Months ago, Holly asked if I'd be interested in a relay...I didn't respond, a little out of fear, as I hadn't been in the pool yet to test out my new buoyancy (boobs still big, belly now small)...so the last time I swam was December 2nd (1 day until due date - I stopped after that out of fear that my water would break in the pool and I wouldn't notice).
So I finally got to swim. I took Harriet to my in-laws house, and their community has a pool. It was quiet at sunset and I had the most glorious swim that made me feel even more connected to my body -- connected my new mother self to my old swimmer self was just a wonderful feeling and to go back and hold sweet, warm little Harriet was just extra amazing.
So I told Holly, yes we should do a relay - we recruited Elaine for the swim. I swam one other time at Clements, and that was my race prep.
Only mistake...I still went to Evolution on Saturday and busted out one heck of a workout, so my arms were sore going in.
I got to Hillenbrand at 7:00am, met with Holly, got my number, found a sharpie and marked myself. Husband came with Harriet, too. After I warmed up, I lined up to get in the pool - Elaine offered her encouragement ("This is all riding on you!") Eric was explaining to Harriet that this was "mommy's element" and told her how much I love swimming. And Jim (race director) called my name "Christine-where-have-you-
I answered "I had to make a baby!" - which knowing Jim, I am sure was
unacceptable, when I should be in the pool swimming with Masters 6 days a
week. Nothing is more important than swimming.
Anyways - swimming was HARD. I am still sore. I was worried my time estimate wouldn't hold up, but I passed twice and was passed once, so I figure it was A-Okay. The last time I swam this course was July 2012 - my time then was 11:15 and my time now was 11:51! Not too shabby :) I am hoping to add swimming to my routine soon, but still adjusting to my new life as a working mom. Maybe when Udall opens (3 weeks!).
In the end, the TTG Nerds (because we're all engineers) took 1st place women's relay with a time of 1:08 - faster than any of us can do alone, of course. Got the towel to prove it :) Go Holly & Elaine for super fast splits!
Thanks to all the TTG volunteers! After being president for 2 years, it's awesome to see how amazing our new board is and their support and energy is evident. This club just keeps getting better! I'm proud to be part of it :)