I completed my first Half Ironman yesterday with the Texas Ironman 70.3 in Galveston! Pictured above me post race with my Cutie prize. For those of you not in the know a half Ironman is 1.2 mile (1.9 km) swim, 56 mile (90 km) bike, and 13.1 mile (21.1 km) run.
My goal for the race was to finish which I did but I also had a soft goal of breaking 6 hours, which I did! My overall time was 5:59:01. A break down of my times can be found here if you are curious. I placed 30th in my age group out of 100, 233 out of women overall and 1179 out of all athletes (think there was at least 2125 people that finished). As you can see with my super trans woman abilities I completely dominated over the cis women.
This was my first open water race which was a little scary. It was in a protected bay not on the Gulf side which made things better. I swam in a wet suit for the first time (used one before for SCUBA).
Still the first 500 or so meters of the swim was against the current and had some decent sized waves so it was pretty difficult. Drank way to much salt water. After the 500 meters you turned and had the current more to your back, pushing you along. I found it easier to keep in mind, I'm a shark!
My swim was middle of the pack like always, 49th in age group. Which I am happy with but I need to get faster at swimming.
The weather had been predicting thunderstorms all day but it ended up being nice with a little rain. I zoomed past people the entire bike ride with only women to pass me being older and lots of fast guys. I placed 26th in age group in bike portion.
Usually the run is my best segment but I had knee issues from October to January and was unable to run for several months and while I don't have any pain now, I am nowhere as fast again yet as I was before. That and not being able to do as much distance training as I liked I was just trying to keep running the whole time which I managed other then walking at most water stations to drink a little/pour a cup of water on my head cause it was getting hot. I still somehow managed to place decently in my age group though!
Overall it was the longest, most painful thing I have ever done! Which is why I am doing another 70.3 in September (local non Ironman brand one) and probably do this race again next year. I wanna see how much I can improve. I think if I work at it I can break into the top 10 maybe. And next year I want to race a full Ironman. Not sure yet whether do the nearby Texas Ironman or the Florida Ironman (my grandparents live in Panama City Beach so already have a place to stay!)