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First Triathlon Story
300m swim, 9.1 mile bike, 3.1mile run Total Time: 01:39:00 Finished 11/16
Swim - 7:43
3-2-1 GO! I was off and had a clean dive into the water. I had picked out someone larger than me to start behind, hoping I could get a good draft off of him. Everything felt great, group was tight and I kept a spot on the first buoy. Suddenly I heard a thud, my right goggle filled with water, and there was a pain growing on my eyebrow. I tried to keep swimming but I just could with lake water sloshing around in my eye. I tried to empty my goggle while still keeping up, but with the pack around me I knew that wasnt going to happen. I made my way to the outside of the pack, now completely out of breath from fighting my way to the out side. I got my goggle fixed and headed back into the fray. About that time is when I still couldn't breathe and I was boiling in my wetsuit. I still had the second half of my swim to go. I stayed to the outside and did some breast stroke with stints of freestyle. My hand hit sand and I stood up gasping for breath. My wife later described it like I was upset and would never want to do this again. However in my mind I was trying to tell her I couldn't breathe.
T1 - 8:03
Zipper down off comes top half of wet suit, and up the hill to T1. I still couldn't breathe but I told myself and that this was my race so I ended up walking up the hill. I ran into T1 and started looking for my my flag that my rack had affixed to the bike rack. Ok now time for the wetsuit to come off. Wash feet, socks, shoes, clip on race number... oh wait I was going to put on my compression calfs now to try and keep my legs fresh and save time in T2. Ok shoes off again, compression socks on, shoes back on, glasses, helmet. Right then the person next to me runs in from her swim and is rolling on the ground trying to get out of her suit. I run over and grab a leg of the suit, after I get one off she tell me to go and that I was wasting my own time. Oh ya its a race, ok do I have everything? ponder ponder I hope so and off I go.
Bike - 35:31
I mount up to and see my wife cheering and trying to take a picture on her phone. I give a thumbs up to her and im off. I drop into aero, and look down for my water bottle. Thats when I noticed my new tri singlet now has a hole right under the zipper. I try to keep my mind off of it and look forward. Now the website said it was a fast flat bike with some slight inclines. I made my first right turn to find a long steady incline, ok a few hills fine. Hills arent my strong point on the bike, I passed one older gentleman and I got passed by 3-4 guys in gull aero gear. I crest the hill and have a nice long downhill. I tuck, shift, and pedal until its just too fast. I start passing the guys that beat me up the hill... Do they know something I dont? No no its fine just go. I hit the bottom long sweeping turn to stare at a massive hill in front of me. Crap another hill, downshift sit up, and pedal. This went on around the park, hills, slight downhill and then hill. On one of my climbs a fellow racer turned to me and asked, didnt they say falt and fast? I nodded and kept my climb. I tried to keep my pace and not get too over zealous with the hills knowing I had the run coming up and that was my weakest part.
T2 - 4:07
Run - 43:36
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