IT IS FINISHED
It was definitely harder than I thought it would be.
When I finished the swimming leg, I could not run to the transition area. I had to walk. Slowly. I know I worried the lifeguards because one was watching me and even got up from her chair once to make sure I was OK. At least I wasn’t last in my heat. Not even second-to-last.
The bike leg wasn’t too bad, except for the Arizona desert humidity made me *SO* thirsty and I had to juggle my water bottle and ride at the same time. There were two hills; one whose grade wasn’t so bad, but whose distance was almost half the leg. The other hill wasn’t as steep but was against the wind…ugh. I passed a LOT of people on this leg.
The running leg….that was the killer. A dusty road just as the Arizona sun was coming to its peak. I passed no one. I got passed by people in the heat *after* me. My heart rate Max is 185…I know it was over 200 during this leg. I was able to sprint the last 200 meters or so.
Would I do it again? Not today. Ask me in a month. Iron Man will have to go on without me this year.