This was an unusual event because it started at 1:00 in the afternoon. Nice because I got to sleep in and go out to breakfast with my husband to celebrate his birthday. But the 1:00 start time brought with it some complications. What do you eat before a race that starts at 1:00? Also I had to drive through San Francisco and across the Golden Gate Bridge on a beautiful Saturday afternoon - which meant lots and lots of traffic!
But I got there with plenty of time to get organized and hang out with Meredith and Christina before getting in the water.
|Christina, me, and Meredith - before wetsuits.|
|Wetsuits on - ready to get into the COLD water.|
For this event, we were able to walk down the shore and get into the water up to about our knees - which in no way prepared me for how cold the water was. They counted down to the start and we were off. Well, some of us were off. I waded in up to my chest, and I could not go any further. I stood there and honestly considered turning around and getting out. It was that COLD. I tried putting my face in the water and it took my breath away. I was standing there actually saying out loud, "I can't do this" when Christina came from behind me, grabbed my arm, and told me that I could. So I tried. I took a few strokes out towards the first buoy and one of the kayakers came over to me to see if I was OK. Honestly, I was fine. I wasn't hyperventilating. I wasn't in any danger. It was just soooooo cold that I didn't know if I wanted to go any further. Then I decided that I'd feel like a real ass if I got out of the water after driving all the way up here, so I just went for it. I probably wasted a minute trying to talk myself into it. But once I got out to the first buoy something happened. The water was actually warmer than it was near shore. And I was able to swim normally. It wasn't my fastest swim, but it was probably the best open water swim I've ever had. I could look ahead and see a lot of people struggling, including one girl going about as slow as me. Only she wouldn't put her face in the water - she had even taken her goggles off and would grab every kayak along the way. Like I said, I wasn't swimming fast but at least I was swimming - and I was grateful that I wasn't in a state of panic like this other girl.
|Feeling like a rock star coming out of the water.|
|Just getting started on the 5k.|
The run (or walk for some of us) started through the park, then went up a giant hill out of the park to some city streets. Honestly, I wasn't ready for how hilly this course would be but I made the best of it. I did a little running on the downhills, but I could tell my hip wasn't thrilled with it so I stuck to mostly walking. On the way back to the park, it was a huge uphill on sidewalk, then back down on a trail into the park. And finally I was heading to the finish line.
|Happy to be done!|
Overall I felt like I had a good race. My official finish time was 1:11:30 which was faster than my goal time of 1:15. Swim time was clocked at 18:25 and my run time was 53:05. If I had to guess I think transition time was included in the swim time, but I'm not positive. I think swimming with Masters has helped build my endurance. So even though I still struggle in the open water, I don't get out completely gassed like I used to. I'm much more relaxed in the open water (once I get going!), so I'm not using as much energy as I used to - which definitely helps with the rest of the race. I felt strong on the run/walk portion of the 5k which is a good confidence boost for the Moraga Tri in two weeks.