I’d Like to Thank the Creators of Icy Hot for Making This Possible …

22 Oct

Icy Hot … it rocks. This awesome combination of menthol and methyl salicylate allowed my 37-year-old ass to successfully complete my sprint triathlon this weekend.

I would’ve used Ben-Gay on my tweaked knee, but that really didn’t sound athletic enough. It just sounded like I was old and weary. And even though I may feel like that at times there’s no need to perpetuate that train of thought. I’m an athlete damn it — a triathlete. And it was this bad-ass athlete mentality that helped push me through the race — even through the water, which, as predicted, kicked my ass. But I pushed through.

People making their way to the starting line.

The fact that I had a couple of friends in the race made it even more enjoyable. Camaraderie always makes for a better race.

So after a quick morning drive to the coast we unloaded our bikes and made our way to registration and the starting line. Now as I mentioned in my last triathlon piece the starting line is where you get to see everyone’s pre-warm-up routine and athletic attire.

A little too athletic for me.

Sometimes people go too far. But it becomes a good distraction because you’re full of nervous adrenaline.

A little laughter helps. But why was I still a little nervous? Why? The clouds. I was so hoping it wouldn’t rain during the biking leg of the race because I knew I’d probably eat it and need some paramedic assistance. Asphalt is pretty hard stuff. But as I was praying for the rain gods to take a nap, I noticed the starter of the race.

Sugar Ray saying what up, Guat!

Dude.

Sugar Ray Leonard.

I smiled and did my most enthusiastic, what’s-up-hello-holy-crap-you’re-Sugar-Ray-how-you-doing greeting, you know, like we were friends, like if we had brunch the other day, like if he knew me. I held my camera up and he did his what’s-up-hello-I-am-Sugar-Ray good-morning greeting.

I was pumped. I was ready to go. Legendary Sugar Ray Leonard, who won an Olympic Gold Medal and world boxing titles in five weight divisions gave me a thumbs up. Rain or shine. Paramedic or no paramedic it was on.

Three-two-one … Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!

We’re off!

Now everything seemed to be going well during the race. The typical fast pace at the beginning where everyone sprints out like they’re Jamaican runners, whizzing right passed me only to die out after the first mile. As I passed most of these sprinters, I couldn’t help but notice the massive amount of elementary-age kids that were chugging along — keeping pace.

The Hill that slowed many down.

I mean when I was in elementary school I was playing green light-red light and watching Thunder Cats or Looney Tunes. I wasn’t racing in triathlons. I mean they didn’t even look tired. Even when we went up the hill, you saw their little legs speeding along. Don’t know what they feed these kids by the beach, but I’m sure when they hit 37 they’re probably not going to need Icy Hot.

Apparently there was this one kid, Jack, who was getting cheers from spectators all around the course. I didn’t see him or hear the chants. I’d like to think it was because he was behind me, but you never know.

One of the nice surprises that I found between mile one and mile two.

In any case, the running and biking portions of the race were not as grueling as I had thought. I felt bionic. A combination of Jamie Sommers and the Six Million Dollar Man: Colonel Steve Austin. A superhero even. I think I even passed Jack. I was zooming it, thanks to the Icy-Hot and my son’s playlist. However, the transition period sucked. It should take you like a minute. Run. Get your helmet. Get the bike. Go.

No, not for the Guat. For some reason it took me over five minutes to get situated. It wasn’t like I changed shoes or anything. I had a mini iPod and there were headphone wires everywhere. At that point I missed my lucky shirt, but I got over it and moved on.

Here’s my friend, Gonzalez passing me.

And when I got to the pool, it was just as I had expected … Kryptonite. Everyone I had passed during the run and bike phase not only caught up to me, but swam right passed me.

No bionic powers at all, just basic Guat tendencies, like pretending I can freestyle swim.

You know, I don’t know why I even try to freestyle swim. I mean who am I kidding? Who am I trying to impress? Michael Phelps wasn’t there. It’s just not my stoke. Freestyle is a stroke for people whose dots in life are connected. Me … I’m an ass-backwards dots-are-no-where-near-each-other kind of person. I’m a backstroke chick. I actually go faster doing the backstroke, so why the hell did I start of with the freestyle? Who knows. Maybe I went with the fake-it-until-you-make-it mentality.

My reward.

Note to self … that does not work in the pool. You just go slow, with the possibility of cramping and drowning. Stick to the backstroke.

However, regardless of my freestyle attempts and doggie paddles, I backstroked the last two legs of the race and powered through to the finish line.

An hour and twenty minutes. WOO-HOO! An awesome hour and twenty minutes, the kind that makes you feel bad-ass all day.

And for this bad-ass feeling, I’d like to thank the makers of Icy Hot, my son’s playlist, and my stubborn Guatemalan blood for making this possible.

22 Responses to “I’d Like to Thank the Creators of Icy Hot for Making This Possible …”

  1. Andrea Kelly October 23, 2012 at 4:27 AM #

    That is awesome! Congrats!!!

    • The Guat October 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM #

      Thanks! I appreciate the well wishes, especially from my T.V. soul mate :)

      • Andrea Kelly October 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM #

        Heck ya! We gotta stick together :)

  2. susielindau October 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM #

    Love this Guat! Congratulations! I have never attempted one… :)

    • The Guat October 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuude. I know you could have done this. You’re the Wild Rider, you probably would have passed me in the pool too :)

      • susielindau October 24, 2012 at 6:27 AM #

        Highly doubtful! Hahaha! :) You rock Guat. I have some training to do!

  3. Victor Perez October 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM #

    Congratulations! You did it. I’m proud of all of your accomplishments.

    • The Guat October 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM #

      Thanks so much for stopping by, bro! I definitely appreciate all the kind words and all of your support throughout the years. Definitely keeps me going … well that and a Costco-sized amount of Icy Hot. :)

  4. IowaTriBob October 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM #

    Great race and congrats. Now on to your 2013 season planning :-)!

    • The Guat October 23, 2012 at 11:59 PM #

      Ha! I might have to use a little more Icy Hot, before then but I’m looking ahead to see what’s next, will definitely stop by to get some pointers from you.

  5. Laura Knox October 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM #

    As one of your comrades in the triathlon, I will say, that was very well said!
    For me starting off too fast in the run portion, from too much enthusiasim proved to be not a good idea! One lap around the track I thought, I’m never gonna make it! However with my buddy by my side (Gonzalez) chanting words of encouragement and the inspirational cheering from the neighborhood kids, helped push me through the 3 miles and then on to the bike.
    By the time we got to the swim, I was thrilled to be in the water! As this was my best suit of the “race” even though I was exhausted, being weightless in the cool water was heavenly compared to the torture I had just put myself through!
    Ibuprofen was MY savior!
    All in all it was a victorious, empowering, fun day. (Notice fun is last :0))

    • The Guat October 24, 2012 at 12:20 AM #

      Ha! Ibuprofen does rock. It’s always my go-to over the counter choice, but Icy Hot was working its magic before and after the race. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading. Glad you enjoyed it and job well done for you too! Woo-hoo on your first triathlon, and Woo-Hoo for Gonzalez for playing double duty. Athlete and cheerleader :)

  6. adinparadise October 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM #

    So excited for you, TG. Congratulations on the awesome medal. Wish I could have been there to cheer you on. :)

    • The Guat October 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM #

      Thanks! It was great! I’m glad I could share some of these pictures with you. Thanks for the virtual cheers, my friend :) My muscles need them.The Icy Hot helped me out before and is currently working its magic right now.

  7. Marcia Clarke October 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM #

    Good for you Guat! That is something I would never attempt to do, so I’ll live vicariously through you!

    • The Guat October 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM #

      Hepa Chica! So good to see you up and around. I thought you had won the lottery and disappeared. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the cheers. Como estas?

      • Marcia Clarke October 24, 2012 at 8:23 AM #

        Hola chica, trying to find my way back after spending most of the summer enjoying my 3 granddaughters. I needed that break and they demanded my full attention, no time for steady blogging.You know how it is with those 1-3 years olds. LOL

      • The Guat October 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM #

        HA! Yeah I do know … no worries. Aqui te espero :)

  8. lameadventures October 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM #

    Wow, you did it and not only can you still stand upright, but you even had enough energy to write a post. I appreciated the pictures. Question: were you wearing a helmet camera on your head?

    • The Guat October 24, 2012 at 12:06 AM #

      Thanks for the props. And actually no I didn’t have a camera mounted on my helmet. I actually stopped during the race to take the pictures with my regular old Cannon PowerShot, which may have added some minutes to my overall time. But I couldn’t very well show up without these Kodak moments. :)

  9. island traveler October 25, 2012 at 3:52 AM #

    Congratulations. You made us feel that we were there, Sharing every bit of heart pounding excitement , down to the the winning moment of being able to finish the race.Thanks.

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