Another year and another Silverman race in the books. I’ve done this race multiple times already but this year, a lot of things happened for the first time.
The first time the waters were warm enough that the race did not become a wetsuit-legal race. For those athletes that wanted to wear wetsuits, we had to start at the last wave. For years, I’ve wanted to do a race without a wetsuit and it had to happen this year, the year I trained least for the swim I debated with myself a bit to see if I should try without the wetsuit and I (thankfully) decided to go to the last wave. The waves in Lake Mead were choppy that made it difficult to swim. Seriously felt like an ocean swim. I swam it in 57:19 (10 minutes slower than last year). I was surprisingly happy with that time given the circumstances.
The first time I rode a disc wheel in Silverman. I’ve had the WheelBuilder aero jacket in storage for the past 3 years and this year, I finally decided to get it installed on the bike. Installation requires removing the gears so I decided to leave it on for the whole year. Not really sure if it helped any but I like looking fast when I go slow Anyways, the bike course was so windy that I was scared riding my bike. I feel pretty confident in my bike handling skills but my rear wheel was literally being moved by the wind. I would ride in aero position and feel by rear wheel just moving left and right. Pretty scary. I was sure that I was going to crash during the bike portion and was fortunate that I made it out without any issues. There was one point in which I was riding over a bridge when a gust of wind blew my bike towards the edge. No bueno lol. My ride was 4:11:56 (13 minutes longer than last year).
The first time I wore a hat with a wet towel during the run. I should have done this long time ago but it wasn’t until this past year’s LA Marathon that I started doing so and it’s been really helpful. It really helped me from over heating and while I still didn’t run as well as I wanted, it wasn’t due to overheating.
The first time I got a warning that I had 22 minutes to do about a mile and half before the race cut off. Tried running more consistently and was fortunate to finish with less than 8 minutes left on the clock. My run was 3:06:21 (one second slower than last year lol).
The first time I seriously thought about DNFing. The swim took a lot out of me. There were no mental breaks during the bike (I couldn’t zone out because I had to make sure I was on point just in case a gust of wind blew against my bike so I wouldn’t crash.) And as usual, the heat and hills were killing me. There were multiple times on the bike and run that I wanted to pull over and just give up. I kept trying to find a reason to NOT give up and this is what I came up with…I wanted to set a good example for the kids. Things were not definitely going my way and I was miserable and hurting and wanted to give up, yet I refuse to give up. Not a PR race but a race I am proud to have said I finished. These races aren’t supposed to be easy and I kept thinking “Pain is temporary…quitting is forever.” I would have been really mad if I had quit and glad I didn’t.
The first time I threw up after a race. We were driving back home and tried to eat some fruit and Gatorade. Yup, immediately went back up and straight into a trash bag.
The first time my throat hurt so bad that I couldn’t swallow. Marilyn had heard other athletes on the race course complain about it hurting to swallow. Personally, I think it was due to breathing through our mouths while it was so hot. It made eating that night pretty dang hard.
I told Marilyn after the race that I really did not want to do this race anymore but I really want to have a “good” race at Silverman. I want to do a full Ironman next year so maybe that will be my excuse to skip the next Silverman. We’ll see.