A very pretty sight for a tri
the first swimmers are in the water
I wasn't sure if it was a good idea but today I went and watched the race that was going to make me a triathlete. I was prepared to be sad but wanted to observe a tri through the eyes of a future participant. I have been to some tris but only as a spectator who never ever wanted to do a tri. Things change.
I got there before the start. It was a gorgeous day although when I left home it was 48 degrees and that hadn't changed much when I arrived. Most people had wet suits on but not everyone. I heard the race director giving instructions and then people headed over to the start. There were 4 waves and I would have been in the fourth one.
This would have been my wave. Sigh.
And they're off. I noticed some people walked in quite
a ways. This might be a good thing for me to do.
I had already indulged in some sorrowful thoughts in the last few days even before I arrived. Yes, I know I can do one later this summer. But this one was the one I spent literal months preparing for. Someone said I had more time now. Well, no because first I need to build back up lost fitness. I also liked this one because I thought other people might be doing their first one. I don't think that will be true at the end of August. Everyone will have had some practice when I do compete. Do I know this is true? Of course not, but it is me being negative. Plus I found out today that the August one is coupled with a half ironman distance race. Great. Once I start up again and get somewhat ready I plan to find a race I can do before the end of the summer one.
I must admit I did get teary more than once today. I was glad I went but I so strongly felt I should be in the race, not watching it. Oh well. No one pushed me off the bike.
At the end of the swim
First I was amazed and I will say amazed at how far 1/3 of a mile looked! Wow! There were some poor swimmers for sure but even as poor swimmers they were much faster than I am. I do like that I saw the course and now when (not if) I go swim there I can kind of practice the course. All the women would have come in well before me. There was one guy I would have beaten and I pray he comes back in August. As he was getting out of the water I heard him say he should have done a relay. Yeah, good idea. Not for him .... for me! He actually appeared to quit but I guess he didn't and he wore a life jacket. I didn't know that was allowed but the guy in the rowboat was heaping compliments on him like crazy for not giving up. :) He went to the transition area and got on a bike but I didn't see him again. I did see a few older women, one much older woman. I saw no one I knew from anywhere, not a familiar face in sight. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the transition from swim to bike which I intended to so fail there. One of the later women who came out was yelling she didn't know how to get out of her wet suit - man could I relate to that - but she did it. I saw women biking and running in just a bathing suit. That is so something I would not want to do.
Bikers are coming in and runners are heading out.
Now runners are coming in too.
I heard some people saying the bike course was hilly so I guess I do need to ride it a few times before the end of August. Shouldn't be a problem. There were bikers that looked rather impressive. I got more into the slower people though! I always always always love how supportive the crowd is. I saw so many big grins as people were cheered for and encouraged on. It was a pretty small race, very easy to spectate.
Some runners were finished way before most bikers even came in. Everyone looked impressive to me. And they all seemed fast! For the most part racers were quite spread out. I had a time in my mind I thought I could maybe do this race in and believe me others were all done. Results aren't up but I am curious to see them. I didn't stay for the very end as I had a friend stopping by. Results are up. I actually did see the last racer.
I paid attention to the whole dismount thing
and which way to go.
I did watch a few people transition from bike to run. I saw that if
you are later (slow like me) it can be harder to rack your bike
because it is crowded. Looked like a pain.
It will be sweet to see this as a finishing triathlete for sure.
I do know that watching this definitely whet my appetite for doing a tri, no matter my speed. I just want to prove to myself I can do it. I like the idea of being out there for a long time but not all running.
A last look at the lake - should have brought my suit and I could
have tried swimming.
What does my cat have to do with all this? Well, I get home and grab my camera to go upload the pictures. The
damn lovely cat sees me heading for the computer and does his own sprint to beat me to the chair. And he won as he's pretty fast when he has a goal. I hope to emulate him sometime this summer.