Sunday, September 7, 2008

It came, I survived

I completed the Bear Lake Brawl triathlon on Saturday while 13 weeks pregnant....without throwing up once!

But before you start calling the local news stations or sending sponsors my way you need to know,

I pretty much came in last.

OK, there were about 15 people who came in after me. ( I just got the official results. I place 198 out 201)

To illustrate how "last" I was:

my best friend, who is also pregnant and due two weeks before me, started 15 minutes after me and finished 25 minutes before me.

A 58 year old man, someone TWICE my age, who ALSO started 15 minutes after me, passed me on the bike as if I was frozen. I couldn't even see him anymore two minutes later.

I cried when I crossed the finish line because I thought I was last.
(I knew I wasn't going to win, but my biggest fear was coming in last)

I cried when I crossed the finish line because I had a lot of family there cheering me on and I've always been a HUGE cry baby when it comes to underdog stories.

I cried when I crossed the finish line because I'm pregnant and, lets face it, I cry at car commercials.

However, I am glad I did it. I'm glad I finished. I don't think I'll do another, but I can't really be sure because it still hurts to walk so who knows what I'll think when my body doesn't remember the pain anymore.

I DO know that I will not be attempting anything like this again while I have young children. I wasn't able to train as much as I need which led to my 3rd from the bottom ranking. Maybe when the kids are older and I have more times that I can get away.

Don't quote me on that....I said MAYBE.


Colle said...

congratulations!!! I couldn't do that not pregnant so kudos to you!!

AmyPoll said...

Hey...YOU FINISHED...and that is all that matters!!! I am amazed that you finished and were 3 1/2 months prego!!! I am so proud of you!!! And if it makes you feel any better, I always tear up at Bart's marathons and I am not even participating in them (or prego)!!!

cwilson said...

Congrats Emilie! What an accomplishment...especially while pregnant! Good Job.

Danica said...

Way to go! I think you are amazing for wanting to do a triathlon while pregnant and finishing a triathlon while pregnant. Good job!

Denise said...

Way to go!!! You're amazing, and I wouldn't be at all upset about being towards the end of the group - - think of all of us people who aren't even going to attempt it!!

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Em!!!

Lawson Family said...

At least you can say that you did it! That is quite an accomplishment regardless of your place! Way to go!

Brianna said...

Well, now I have one more reason to put you on my hero list, and who cares where you finished and that's the real defeat!

Eric said...

Congratulations, Emilie. Stacey and I couldn't believe that you did a triathlon while you are pregnant. Placement doesn't matter, finishing does. Feels good to complete that goal, right?

Gords said...

Good job on completing. The first one is always the toughest. You accomplished that. Keep it going.