After the race, my body definitely let me know that the State College winter had not acclimated me to the hot and humid Florida weather. I was in full heat exhaustion mode with plenty of dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion, and eventually, some nasty vomiting. It took me about a half hour of being covered in ice to get my body temperature back down and start feeling better.
After feeling better, I experienced my first real medal ceremony which felt pretty amazing. I always watched them and felt like I should be up there. Now, I was actually up there for the first time. It is a really hard feeling to describe, but it is such a sense of accomplishment. I know how hard all of my competitors work, so to have everything come together and have a performance like that means a lot. It is a huge step forward for me, and hopefully just one of many.