FS Series Beaver Dam Olympic Tri
Little did I know, he was plotting. I was booking swims right and left- swim meets, the Bay Swim, Nanticoke, and just figured I would be doing an Olympic in September some time. And then he sent an email to everyone declaring he and I were going to do this Olympic Tri in Raleigh, NC on April 20th, and did anyone want to join us? Well, actually he gave two dates, but one of them was the day before the Bay Swim, so that wasn't going to really happen... So it was really only ever the April Tri for me. And then Matt managed to convince Beth, Dan, and Celeste to form a relay team and come play in North Carolina!
I am terrible about cycling outside when it's even a little cold, so I only had one weekend of cycling behind me, and I'm pretty sure those two rides totalled the mileage I would be doing for the race. But at least I had all my swim training. And I had been running a lot more before I hurt myself falling down the stairs! I meannnn, what could go wrong.
The race! We got there, checked in, got packets, set up transition, got body-marked with our numbers, etc etc. I swam a little in my wetsuit to warmup. Then it was time to go! The first wave was Men 39 and under (blue caps), so Celeste and I cheered on Matt when he swam off! Then Men 40 and up (white caps), then finally the Female wave (pink caps). Woot! I got close to the front of the pack for the start, but still had to climb over some people to get to open water in the front. I kept fighting to get out in front, then kind of realized there was no one there fighting me. So I looked on either side and didn't see any other pink caps, so I just kept going! I caught up to the white cap wave pretty quickly, and by the first turn buoy, I was in the thick of them.
**Please note, that when you get to a turn buoy, the spread-out group condenses to take the turn as tight as possible, so you end up getting kicked and climbed over, but it's never on purpose. Well, apparently I was being a little too forceful, because one of the guys goes, "The first pink cap, but not a lady." Bahahahahaha, amazing. Dude, you made my day. So I kept going and left them far behind.
After the last turn buoy, and passing a lot of the blue caps too, I recognized someone swimming! I thought it might be Matt, but I didn't know that his goggles were mirrored. Then I realized he was doing one-armed fly and I was like, oh that has to be Matt! So I smiled at him and kept going. Then I ran up the beach to a ton of cheers of "yay first girl!!". That was amazing, I've never been the first! I ran by Beth who seemed mad but was cheering me on! (I found out later that Dan had figured I was the first pink cap coming in all by myself, but she hadn't gotten her camera ready in time, so she was mad she wasn't getting a picture of me). I ran into transition and sure enough, a minute later Matt came in and goes, "Did you see me?!" And I go, yeah! I saw the one-armed fly, I figured that had to be my brother! He goes "I saw the first pink cap, I figured it had to be you!" So then I went off on my bike, and he caught me pretty quickly. He shouted (we weren't allowed to draft on the bike) while we rode that the first white cap caught him at the first buoy, so based on that, he figured I would catch him, so he was lookin for me. It was cool to see him while swimming and now getting to talk while biking! But then he took off up a hill and I had no way of following.
|I knew I was going to regret this face as soon as Celeste took the picture...|
Matt and Beth finished great! Maybe a little more tired, but really excited to have finished! I wish I could remember what Matt was telling us at this point, haha, but he wasn't walking, he was running.
It was fun though, and apparently I need to see the movie Bull Durham.
We all headed out the next day, to drive a lot again, but at least this time I wasn't super worried about a race and I could just zone out and get back to DC as fast as I could. PS- thank you cops for not pulling me over!
Thank you guys for an awesome weekend! Thank you Matt for making me commit to a race I wouldn't have done on my own! And thank you Rich, Janis, and Grandpa for letting us take over your place for a whirlwind 36 hours! It was a fantastic trip, and race, and I wouldn't mind doing it all over again next year!