You know you are in deep water (pun intended!) during the swim segment of a triathlon when:
- You can’t see your own hand in front of you because the river water was black and gross;
- You can only see the first 100 meters of the course;
- You didn’t check the course route and you think it’s a 500 meter swim, but it really is 800 meters;
- You nearly swim right into a safety canoe…twice.
On 6/22/2013, I went to Philadelphia to compete in my fifth (!!!) triathlon. I had never been to Philly before, and I was really looking forward to the entire weekend – complete with Amish food (yum!) Rocky Stairs! I was nervous about the race because until that point I had not been swimming or cycling as much as I had for past races. My fears were ill-founded because the distance running I have been doing prepared me for the endurance of the sport.
I am proud to report that despite the above mentioned conditions, I did not need to stop or hang onto the life rafts on the swim course. It wasn’t my fastest swim, but it was by far my furthest.
The cycling was mostly flat and fast. I had significantly increased my pace time for the nearly 16 mile ride. I was leap-frogging a Clydesdale competitor, and ultimately I took the lead and kept it. I saw more crashes on this course than I ever have before, so I am kinda happy that my faster race pace is still slower than most of the competition.
The 5K was also flat and they handed out ice-cold towels on the course. During this tri, I had enough pick-up-and-go to knock off a minute from my fastest triathlon run time!
My final races times were: 800 meter swim – 24:04; 15.7 mile bike 1:08:53; 5K run 37:10. Overall race time: 2:18:42
Do you know what I have my eye on now? The Nation’s Triathlon (International Distance) next September! That would be 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike ride, and a 10K run. 😀
Until then, marathon training has officially started – 18 weeks until the MCM 2013! Rocky would approve!