The aqua bike consisted of a 400 meter pool swim and a nine mile bike ride. The morning of the event, the swim was shortened to 350 meters because one of the lane dividers was broken. We lined up according to our expected swim pace and got into the pool two at a time every 10 seconds. Let's just say that by the time I got into the pool, it had turned into a cluster. I got kicked and hit more in this short pool swim than in any other triathlon I've ever done. Thankfully I'm experienced enough to expect it so it didn't bother me too much.
A quick trot to transition and it was time to bike. But first I had to get my shoes on and eat a small Payday bar because it had been hours since breakfast. I don't think I got into the pool until an hour past race start due to the sheer number of women participating.
Confession - I have not been on my bike AT ALL in at least two years. I've done plenty of spin classes. However that's not as good as actual time on my bike. But I hopped on and hoped for the best. The route was an out and back loop that started with a pretty steep downhill - which meant the finish was going to be a steep uphill. On my way down there were a few women walking their bikes up the hill - and I thought that was probably going to be me in a few short miles. The rest of the route is flat and I kept a steady pace throughout. Thankfully the phrase "just like riding a bike" held true for me. When I got to the start of the steep uphill I remembered how to change gears like a champ and slow and steady made it to the top. It wasn't easy but I was pretty proud of myself.
I hopped off before transition, crossed the mat, and just like that I was done. And they gave me medal the size of my head! It was a great feeling to be finished after the bike - particularly because I could not have gone out and run or even walked a 5k after that hill on the bike ride. I will admit that I didn't train at all for this event - which I don't recommend. Nice to know I've held on to some small bit of fitness over the past couple of years even though my workouts have not been what they used to be.
|My giant spinner medal.|