Mine was a totally nightmare. It was a sprint race in central Florida in 2000. I got kicked in the face twice, lost my goggles, and then went on to get not one, but two flats within 0.25 mile of each other. I only had one spare tube, and I had also accidentally lost all my gatorade out my drink bottle when I turned my bike upside down. What was worse, it was at the half way point of the bike portion, 95F, humid and mosquitoes were killing me. Race support only picked me up when the last person had biked through the half-way point some 2 hours after my 2nd flat. Then when I got back to the transition my ex wasn't even aware I had not finished the race and never occurred to him I was nowhere to be found, as he was too busy basking in his great finish. Needless to say, the only word that really describes this ordeal is "abortion".
But here we are, 2009 and I am still racing strong - a silver medal at the gay games for the sprint triathlon in 2006 and triathlon is still my #1 passion. I never grow tired of it and want to still be doing it into my 80s!
The whole point of doing triathlon is to ENJOY both the race and the training, if you're not enjoying either, then you shouldn't be doing it. Do not let one bad race make you want to pack it all up. Get out there, soak it all up and I bet you after the race you will feel really good about yourself for having completed an event. That adrenaline keeps pumping for days!
TKLA80 I wish you a great race - just make sure you have TWO inner tubes and gas canisters to inflate them. AND make sure you know how to change a tire before the race - I know it sounds stupid, but most triathletes who do their first race have never changed a tire...
GO GET THEM!