a Bri Gaal's Blog: Wedding & Triangle Triathlon

Monday, July 13, 2009

Wedding & Triangle Triathlon

I have a lot of updating to do!

First, Thursday evening – Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner. Good times! I apparently thought I needed to lean sideways to get in this picture. I was wrong. Please note the cute red dress Shana bought for me.

Friday night was the wedding, but first we had to go get our hair and makeup done. Fun! Once we got to the Carolina Inn, we were supposed to start taking pictures around 5ish, so about 4:15 we were all getting dressed and doing any last minute prep work to make sure we were beautiful ;) One of the bridesmaids went to iron her dress and on the lightest setting it burned a hole right through it!! There was a mad dash trying to find her a new dress and one of the other bridesmaid’s husbands ran her to the mall so she could get something (luckily we all just wore little black dresses). That set the pictures back a bit but other than that everything went well.

The ceremony was nice although I was told I walked down the aisle too quickly (I don’t like all eyes on me!). I wasn’t expecting my sister to cry so quickly and was not prepared to give her any tissues. Bad matron of honor! After the ceremony we took TONS of pictures and finally, finally the wedding party was introduced at the reception. The best man twirled me around and then we did a chest bump which was well received :)

I was most nervous about the speech I had to give, and I had to wait until the cake cutting to give it (so all through dinner I was a little on edge). I had written it the week before and then committed it to memory which I then thought was a big mistake – what if I forgot a line? Or a paragraph? In the end, I remembered it all and I got a lot of laughs at the right places. The reception was very fun and we danced until 11:30pm and then a bunch of us went to Top of the Hill afterwards. It was a long, fun night! Marty and I got home well after 2am.

I tried to sleep in but ended up feeling tired and hungover the next day. I wasn’t even really hungover! It was just the late night and lack of sleep and too much dancing that did me in. I cleaned up the house and then tried to relax on the couch since I had a race the next day! I was fast asleep by 9pm that night.

The race!

I knew the Triangle Triathlon was going to be super competitive. I had heard Chris was not racing so I thought if I had a good day I could sneak into the last podium spot (3rd). Stacey and Alicia trounce me on the bike and until I start riding more than 60-100miles a week they will continue to put lots of minutes on me. Anyways, after all the communication from the race organization, I was pretty paranoid about the parking situation so we left very early. It seemed too early, but we ended up getting one of the last parking spots in the ‘close’ lot. Once into transition I was ready quickly and then had lots of time to stand around and talk. I tried to waste some time talking to Alysia, but she is not a very good multi tasker and I knew I was getting in her way more than anything so decided to let her get herself ready and leave her alone. Stacey and I walked to the swim start nice and early.

They started us late (because of parking problems) and I was getting quite chilled after having been in the water so long. Once the gun went off there was a lot of thrashing and I felt like there was a conspiracy to beat me up out there. I also felt HORRIBLE. Seriously, terrible. I have not felt that bad on a swim in a very long time and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. It was a bit choppy out to the first buoy, and even after that I was still surrounded by people and couldn’t find any clear water. Finally, the last turn buoy and I tried to pick it up but I was still getting clawed! Augh! I couldn’t wait for this swim to be over! Finally, it was and I made my way through the long run to my bike. There were several girls ahead of me onto the bike.

The bike goes out of the park (going over several speed bumps along the way) and then you make a turn and you’re still on a false flat. My legs felt pretty crappy. I guess it was just going to be one of those days. I tried to stay positive but I was just feeling so awful. At this point I was in 4th place and I could see Stacey and Alicia motoring away. I could also see a spec that I assumed was Amie but she ended up pulling away the last 5 miles, too. I didn’t feel all that bad going up the hills, but I just couldn’t find that pace you should have in a sprint.

The last mile I was psyching myself up for the run – I’m a runner after all! As I entered in transition I heard 3rd place was a minute up, but as I exited transition someone yelled 3rd was 45 seconds up. I knew this was a challenging run course and didn’t want to go out too hard so put it into a tempo I knew I could hold. I caught Amie around the mile mark and just stay relaxed. The run was mostly off road with some hills and it was a lot of fun. There was a run turnaround just before the 2 mile mark where you could gauge the competition and I saw that Alicia was pretty far ahead and I had gotten a good lead on Amie so I put it into cruise control. There are races when you’re able and willing to go to the well and hurt a lot, but today was not one of those days. My body was not up for the challenge and since I was comfortably in 3rd I decided to enjoy the last mile. I smiled at the cheers coming in and a lot of people commented on how good I looked at the finish (which is what happens when you back off and aren’t too tired!) Stacey won but was dinged with a ‘not having your run number visible’ penalty (2min!) which dropped her to 2nd. Alicia was the winner by default.

I was happy to make the podium! That was tough and I think I need a little bit of rest right now. I still don’t know what’s next for me racing-wise. I guess I should figure it out!


At July 13, 2009 8:58 PM , Blogger martygaal said...


At July 14, 2009 11:42 AM , Blogger Little Lion said...

great job at the Triangle Tri :) I knew you'd have a good race!

At July 14, 2009 3:51 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Busy weekend!! :) Glad the wedding went so well and the race too! I wouldn't have even been brave enough to try the wedding/race combo! :) Congrats!

At July 14, 2009 6:28 PM , Blogger Angela said...

woohoo Bri!!! Nice job!!!!!

At July 14, 2009 8:07 PM , Blogger Maijaleena said...

How much did Marty have to drink at the wedding?!!

Congrats at the Triangle Tri! such a competitive race!!!

At July 14, 2009 8:17 PM , Blogger BriGaal said...

hahaha, the funny thing is Marty dances like that completely sober! He has no inhibition when it comes to dancing and it is hilarious. Definitely something to see :)

At July 14, 2009 11:13 PM , Blogger Rebecca DeWire said...

I love the wedding pics, especially the dancing one! FUNNY!!! Awesome job at Triangle!

At July 15, 2009 11:35 AM , Blogger Jennifer Cunnane said...

Wow you did great considering a crappy nights rest, cleaning house and fitting in a wedding??? I would love to say I could just be in cruise control during run at race finish but it never seem to feel that way!

At July 15, 2009 5:51 PM , Blogger Angela and David Kidd said...

Looks like a beautiful wedding. I'll be the matron on honor at my sister's wedding in october. I am dreading the toast.

Great job at the race. I can't believe they are such sticklers for the rules in NC.


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