Part of me wishes I could tell you about several exciting adventures I participated in post race but I have nothing. I am delighted to tell you how nice it was to do . . . nothing. As an individual who tends to schedule, reschedule, and over-schedule herself, it was a nice break to have almost a full week at my disposal with nothing scheduled. The morning after the race I woke up early with two fairly stiff legs. Unable to sleep, I walked into town to see if I could catch my mom on her way to the ferry for her return trip home. Unfortunately I missed her but the more I walked the better my legs felt so I continued to walk around until I stopped at Rock'n'Java for a ginormous cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast. I was so excited about my breakfast I almost ordered another round but I opted to call it quits at one round and head back to the apartment to rattle off some emails to some interested parties. It didn't take long to bore myself with my own emails, I headed a bit further up the street to spend the rest of the day lounging beach side with the rest of the Charlotte folks. With my toes in the water and my ass in the sand, I had no a worry in the world and a margarita in my hand. Hmmmmmm, I feel like that should be song or something . . . .
The best part of Monday? Getting a chance to hang with the girls for once. Hanging with the girls started with a few girly drinks ocean side at Hotel Cozumel. It eventually lead to talking smack about the boys. Talking smack about the boys was simply a nice break from a summer of watt talk and I-am-so-awesome declarations from the boys. While my training partners are all the most talented and supportive athletes in Charlotte they are also dudes and sometimes a girl just needs a break from all the awesomeness. The day ended with a huge group dinner at Rock'n'Java (seriously the place is great) bringing a bittersweet closure to a year of hard training that helped to forge new friendships and strengthen old ones. Even as I write this I am a bit overcome with sadness to realize it has all come to an end. All of us are going to go our separate ways with new goals and challenges to tackle. I am thrilled to be a part of Chris, Jamie, and Sarah's first ironman experience while sharing in veteran-hood with Jonathan and Causebrook. I am so proud of everyone's hard work and excellent races! I enjoy training and racing but for me there is a huge social aspect to it. I know lots of people who prefer to train by themselves but if I did not surround myself with so many great people, it simply would not be worth it.
|Pre-race nervous laughter|
|View of inland lagoon|
|Coast and lagoon view from the lighthouse|
|Resident alligator at Punta Sur|
|Mainland Mexico via tiny plane|