Bahrain Half Ironman 2016
For months I trained for the Bahrain Half Triathlon. I was very reluctant to actually sign up because I really didn't know if I had it in me to complete the race, but days before it filled up I committed. I was sick with anxiety the day before; worried about the swim, worried about the run, worried about my knees, worried I wouldn't finish.
Waiting for the race to begin.
I am not going to lie, coming across that finish line was fantastic. Several of our friends (all of whom finished before me) stayed to cheer me on at the end, it was super generous of them! I finished in 7:11.
This picture was taken on one of our open water practice swims. It was a horrible swim. I was so angry and deflated by how hard it was. I wanted to quit just about every minute of it, but I actually credit this swim with helping me stay calm during the actual race. If my first rough water swim had been on race day I would have been panicking, but because of this swim I was better prepared. It was a tender mercy that I didn't realize until the day of the race.