After many lessons along the way - the finish line at last.
Jimena Tackles her first Xterra Event.My first Xterra race was expected to be hard, making a few mistakes, but not the experience that it was.
All in all, good or bad, the experience is all learning and hopefully will be easy to better this result!
To begin with, the heat started to make it’s presence and they call a NO WET SUIT mandatory rule.
I thought it was going to be optional and I was going to use it, piece of mind you know.
But no, the option was just for the amateurs.
So suddenly, I felt like all the hours of swimming back and forth were going down the toilet and I forgot how to swim.
I entered in a panic mode.
I went to talk to the BIG Kahuna (Race organizer) and I don’t know what was I thinking, what is he going to tell me?, “Ok Jimena no one can use a wet suit, but you CAN”. Yeah, right.
He, instead, told Jamie Whitmore:
“Talk to Jimena, tell her she is not going to drawn”!
Really, here at these Xterra races, everyone is really nice and very supportive.
Jamie offered some nice word to calm me down, and Melanie offered to share some pre-race tips the day before.
I am all ears, and taking notes. I need all the help I can get!
Even having not a good race, I feel I gained so much, I gained meeting so many new friends, and that’s something you cannot beat.
We stared the race, and very soon I was in the back of the group, to quickly become a lone swimmer.
I have not arrived to the 1st of 3 buoys yet, and look back and see a herd of bulls towards me: the age groupers, that started in waves 2-4-6 minutes back, were not only catching up to me, but about the drawn me like a little piece of wet cloth.
I see a lady on a kayak, she was there to assist slow swimmers like me, and I quickly made friends with her. She was my buddy during the whole swim:
You and ME, together, the whole time, OK? (it felt like a scene out of Seinfield)
“Ok”, she replied quickly.
I continued swimming and she kept of bumping me with the kayak, she was not a good kayaker, in fact, I am a better swimmer than she a kayaker, but who am I to judge.
I thought to stop and give her a few pointers, but I figure, I cannot afford to lose any more time!
Coming out of the water LAST, has it’s benefits.
No crowded transition area, and easy finding my bike. Yeah, how wrong can you go when your bike is the only one on the rack!
There I was, enjoying the moment, finally getting on my bike.
I started to pass people right away, but my bike ride was not really fast. I still lost about 6 minutes to Melanie, but given the “experience” to that moment so far, I let this one slide this time.
During my 2nd bike lap, my stomach started to feel the result of a nutrition overload during the 1st lap.
Yeah, you can actually take too many calories, and if you don’t slow down or cool down (it was HOT), they sit in your stomach, waiting, reading a magazine or something, until you decide to let them digest.
T2, bike to run transition, I was happy to face the “last leg” of the day, where things can get better or worse. I was curious to see how all those running days were going to pay off.
I really thought I could pass some people, but my stomach had other idea, and started to feel nauseous.
Every step was so hard, added the heat, I had to walk sometimes to allow myself keep moving forward.
The run was 2 laps around a 5 Km course. I was not done with my 1st lap, and Melanie comes by.
And then Jamie.
“You didn’t drawn, see?” she told me.
I could barely walk, forget about answering back!
I finished my race, I am not sure how (17th pro women? ouch), but happy.
I was not able to eat anything big for about 3 hours after my race.
After all, I was glycogen overloaded! So no worries with the “30’ glycogen restoring window” rule.
Many things I learned this past weekend, being one if them, that the name XTERRA was the RACE before being the Car. That’s’ COOL.
Next stop: Richmond, Virginia July 2-3.
They say may be hot, so I will be ready to better my result!
1. Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 2:26:40
2. Jamie Whitmore (USA) 2:27:53
3. Renata Bucher (SUI) 2:33:38
4. Jess Harrison (ENG) 2:36:23
5. Candy Angle (USA) 2:37:42
6. Danelle Kabush (CAN) 2:39:26
7. Melissa Thomas (USA) 2:41:47
8. Jennifer Smith (NZL) 2:44:08
9. Jenny Tobin (USA) 2:48:08
10. Danelle Ballengee (USA) 2:49:17
Thanks to all the people who has/does/will support my career:
Adidas, Mavic, Kenda, PowerBar, Bell, Fizik, CrankBrother’s, Sram, Giant, Pedro’s, Stan’sNoTubes, Smith, Xterra Wetsuits.
www.multisports.com, www.sportquestdirect.com, www.arniebakercycling.com