Saturday was my second triathlon- the TriRock Lake Geneva sprint triathlon. Immediately after my Chicago Triathlon swim (and I use that term loosely) debacle, I signed up for my next tri. Get back on the horse and all that. In reality I was very concerned that if I started and ended my first ever triathlon season with a failed effort then my fear would have all fall, winter and spring to grow and grow and I'd be a complete mess before my next tri swim effort. So I wanted, needed, to do another tri and fast. So Lake Geneva was a perfect opportunity!
Originally my father was going to do the tri with me (he actually WON the Freeport Triathlon some years ago, but hasn't done one in many years) but he wounded himself in an unfortunate cat incident. And I didn't want Adam to have to get up so early for an event that is rather hard to spectate (plus he had to work). So I ended up going up to Lake Geneva solo, which was fine. Just me versus the swim. I stayed at the French Country Inn (seperate post to follow) on Lake Como which was lovely.
|Making friends while waiting for the race to start.|
|Race delayed due to fog. Here it's just about cleared.|
|A new wave of fog rolled over right as the first wave started.|
|Feeling like an Eeyore but trying |
to put up a brave front
As my wave got closer and closer to the front, I became nauseated from the nerves. I was staying quiet, because again no one likes the person who is vocally nervous, but I was so nervous. I've never, ever been this nervous before a marathon. In fact, most of the morning I was wishing I was about to start a marathon! When we got in the water I saw a Chicago acquaintance, Anna- it was so good to see a friendly face. I admitted my terror to her and she smilingly said it would be fine. The conversation distracted me enough from my nerves that when the horn went off, my nausea was gone.
|With Anna before the swim.|
|I am one of these SWIMMERS! Not back floaters, not|
hanging on the edge of the boaters, but a SWIMMER!
I really enjoyed riding out in the country. Much more fun than on Lake Shore Drive. The running path in Chicago is so nice and convenient for running. But for biking I much prefer open spaces and new sights. I really had a good time.
|Suffering right before the finish.|
By the time the run started I really had to use the facilities. I had a cup of coffee while waiting for the swim start and it was weighing heavy on me since before the race started. (I know folks like to pee in the water, but I just don't find it civilized to pee amoungst a group of people who are about to breathe in that very water. It's gross. I refuse.) So I had to waste 45 seconds (it was a lot of coffee, and believe me I counted out every second wishing I could pee faster) in a port a potty which was part of my run time. I would have had a kick-ass run time if it weren't for that! I ended up running 9:13 minute miles- would have been 8:30s if not for the peeing! Maybe I should have kept it in:( Or just learn how to run even faster! The run was quite hilly and I was breathing pretty heavy. I didn't love it. But I finished strong, breezing past someone who from behind appeared to be in my age group in the final 100m.
Overall, my bike and run times were pretty equivalent to Chicago. But the whole purpose of the Lake Geneva effort was to improve the swim and boy did I do that! I'm very happy with my perfomance. I'm looking forward to quality time in the pool over the next 6 months and jumping back into the triathlon circuit next summer, maybe starting in July once the mid-west waters warm up again!
|At my hotel- this was the view from my balcony!|