On Sunday I completed my first triathlon with an open water swim. I don't know why, but this triathlon just made it feel a little more real than the Moraga Tri in April. I don't know if it was because of the open water swim, or the expo afterwards. All I know is that I now really feel like a triathlete!
I didn't have major expectations going into this event - particularly since my experience with open water swimming is so limited. I was looking at it as just a way to get some triathlon experience and to have some fun. But I did have a super secret time goal that I was hoping to beat.
I picked up my race packet on Thursday and was able to rack my bike on Saturday, so that made Sunday morning a little less stressful. Dan came with me to this race - a first for him! - and we got there about an hour before my wave started. All I had to do was locate Meredith, set up a few things in transition, put on my wetsuit, and then it was time to head down to the water.
|Good location, or so I thought!|
|The tiny orange dot below the bird is me. The guy in the kayak is making sure I don't drown.|
Into transition and wanting to get out on the bike, but my transition neighbor was sitting in my spot putting in her contact lenses. So it took me a couple of extra minutes to get out of there. When I finally got out on the bike, I was feeling a little queasy. Maybe I was seasick! I started shoveling in some calories hoping to calm my stomach, but finally gave up as it was making me feel worse. About halfway through the first loop I started to feel normal again - just in time to take a little detour. As I approached the turnaround, there were volunteers telling us which way to go. All I heard was, "Second loop, turn left." In my mind, that meant to turn left for the second loop...but what he meant was if you are done with the second loop, turn left. So I wound up back at transition and had to turn around and head back out. Oops! Luckily the rest of the ride was uneventful.
Back into transition, only to discover that the same transition neighbor from earlier had done such a poor job of racking her bike that it had fallen off the rack and was lying on the ground underneath where I needed to rack my bike. I stood there for a few seconds puzzled, then decided to just lean my bike up against the rack on top of my gear. Changed out my shoes and I was off.
|Run and done!|
And that was it. I had done my second triathlon, this one with a swim in the Bay! I beat my super secret goal time of two hours. And I have to say, I am officially hooked! Bring on See Jane Run in October - I can't wait!
|Me and Meredith - happy triathletes!|