You guys - I'm in tears right now...
This might not be something that everyone can relate to, but I hope you will join me in celebrating anyway :)
They finally posted the results from my tri on Saturday. Up 'til now, all I had was my finish time - nothing else.
Well, now I know more and it's... well, for me it's a NSV that still has me stunned.
First of all:
My finish time (as you know) was 2:02:33 - that was fast enough for me to place 139th out of 177 people. That is my BEST finish time to date and in and of itself was very heartening.
Of the women who competed I finished 33rd out of 57 - again a really pleasing number.
of women my age (40-44) I finished 10 out of 14 -- again, for me that's good and those numbers along were enough to make me do a happy dance, but -- there was more.
If you read my report you know that I felt like I struggled on the swim. The results paint a slightly different picture. My time for the 500 yard swim - 11:54. That was fast enough to finish 81st out of the 177 competitors. I was in the top 1/2!! and better yet, only 16, YES 16! women finished in front of me! Oh My God!! I was in 17th place out of 57 (women) when I was done with the swim!
The bike and run numbers weren't nearly as dramatic. On the bike I was 134th out of 177, and on the run I was 146th. Just the fact that I finished the run faster then about 30 people is still, a really, really big deal. I'm making progress!!