This morning, Casey and I both competed in the Denison Dash, way north of Dallas. It's the birthplace of President Eisenhower. It's a Sprint tri, a 300m swim, 13.8 mile bike and a 3.5 mile run.By far the hardest was the swim. It was the shortest (thank goodness) and the scariest. Swimming through a crowded, churning pool, with people swimming right in front of you and behind you...passing you too! I didn't know if I could do it. After that, it was mostly fun. Biking up and down hills around and outside of the town was nice, and then the run around a little lake and through the woods! My legs were pretty sore by the last stretch, but I couldn't help smile as I finished because it was so fun!
They had a time trial start, (each person's start was individually spaced out by 10 seconds) so I didn't really get the feel of who I was competing against and didn't pass as many people as passed me, since I started near the front and most of the girls were in the middle or back. So I was pretty surprised that:
I got first place in my age group! Casey got 10th overall, which was pretty amazing, and 3rd in his age group (which the announcer called the 'Stud Category')! I don't think I've ever won first place at anything, especially not anything athletic, so I was pretty overwhelmed. It was a great end to this week of taking and finishing my comprehensive exams for grad school.
(BTW, it's an Eisenhower dollar on the awards, with the 5 star design, since he was a 5 star general. Pretty cool, huh?)