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Mental challenge

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Today, I raced Hawaii. I was very excited to race here again, it had been 3 years since the last time. I didn’t get to race here in 2007 and 2008 because I was pregnant and had Astrid.
I’m a bit of a slow starter in the swim, I always find the first 200 meters so fast and hard but then I start to find a good rythme and sometimes I even catch up to athletes that got away from me in the beginning. Today, this just didn’t happen. I actually got caught by girls that I normally swim a bit faster than. They passed me and I desperately tried to hang on but I really struggled. I finally got out of the water knowing that I was a bit further behind than I expected but I was alright. Onto the bike which is my favorite leg. I had a very good ride in my last Ironman and I was very excited about riding well here too. I tried to go as hard as I could. But I just wasn’t going so fast and eventhough I felt alright, I just didn’t feel the way that I’m used to. And again I got caught by a few girls that I’m normally quite faster than and I couldn’t even manage to stay behind them, I just kept getting dropped and there was nothing I could do. I finally finished the bike, so far behind that Aj was sure that I had dropped out. My plan was to put on my running shoes and then stop and retire from the race whenever I saw Astrid and Aj on the course. I saw them already after a few minutes and I stopped to have a little chat and then decided to run a little bit more. So I kept running. I actually managed to run out Alii drive and then back and then up Palani. My plan was then stop and retire from the race when I thought that I would see AJ up on the hill but he was smart enough and wasn’t there so I kept going. After 1 1/2 hour, I was thinking that now I just have to do a 2 hour Sunday run and then I’m done so I kept going. I found it very hot and humid, like everyone else I guess, so I actually walked through the aid staions to make sure to get enough fluids inside. After a very long day, I finally made it to the finish line.
The race today was the toughest thing ever for me, not physically but mentally. I thought that I was going to be one of the first ones off the bike but I was a very long way back so all day, I had to change my goals which made it possible for me to keep going. I know that finishing this race will make it so much easier for the next one and for next year!!!