|Do you see me? Bottom right-hand corner of boat, looking back to the start. Hmm...|
|Sunrise over Lake Michigan|
We then walked barefoot to the swim start which was a quarter mile away. It was surreal and actually very cool to walk barefoot around the city before dawn, and then watch the sun rise over the water. It would have been even more enjoyable if we didn't have a swim looming over our heads.
|I don't look convinced that this was a good idea. I wasn't.|
|Sara and I in our corral for the wave start|
|Our building is visible in the background, which is why I chose |
this to be my first tri.
I was really happy when we saw Adam. While I was 99.9% confident I was going to finish the swim, the last time I did a swim in a lake I was pulled out of the water and disqualified from completing the swim test because they thought I was going to drown so top priority (after not drowning) was making sure the lifeguards didn't think I needed rescuing. Constant verbal encouragement form Adam helped with that.
|Making friends with the lifeguard.|
Thankfully, my goggles functioned fine for the rest of the swim, but that delay really set things on a bad foot and soon the next wave was on my tail. I was (and still am) terrified of being swum over and didn't think I could hold my own when 40-50 pink capped maniacs (or so they appeared to me) caught up to me. So I swam for a bit but then stopped at the next rowboat to let the wave pass. Unfortunately this became my pattern, check out the oncoming swimmers, get to the next rowboat. And I really wasn't doing that much swimming. I just didn't feel comfortable not looking around. I think I did true freestyle for like 30 strokes the whole time. It was ridiculous. I spent most of my time swimming freestyle only breathing on one side intermixed with breaststroke intermixed with floating on my back (while kicking). I did a LOT of floating on my back. Not good. I wasn't physically tired, I wasn't even short of breath, I was just in survival mode.
|Deer in headlights. Why am I not even pretending to swim??|
I found a nice space with no swimmers anywhere nearby, and I
choose to do this?? Again, DID ANYONE TELL ME THIS
IS SUPPOSED TO BE A RACE??
|How I spend most of the so-called swim.|
|A rare moment of well, actually, swimming.|
|Me and a bunch of burly guys definitely not |
making forward progress.
Finally, I got to a rowboat where they informed me I had 200 meters left which is such a short distance relative to my training that I got frustrated with myself and skipped a boat (i.e. swam longer). Then there was 100 meters left and I pulled it together and finished. After they pulled me out of the drink and I was taking my goggles off I really wanted to yell "I made it through the f**** swim!" but instead I trotted along the 250 meters to the transition area but only after making one additional face that belongs on the bloopers reel for Triathletes 101.
I'll relay the rest of my race in a later post. The swim really deserved its own, don't you agree?
|Bloopers Reel:Look at that face! I look like I have no idea what just happened. |
Well, I didn't.