We recieved an email from the race directors on Saturday night stating that the water temp was 20°C, so I didn't even bother to pack my wetsuit for the trip to Shepp to stay at my parents house before the race....
We got there race morning and the water temp was actually 16.5°C. Cold enough for me to strongly regret not having a wetsuit.
Mistake 2. Racing with a sinus infection that was moving into my chest... that was HEAPS of fun. I recommend it to everyone. Not.
I got in the water and it took my breath away, it was VERY cold and took a long time to get used to!!
The 750m swim took me a hell of a lot longer than I was used to, what with the cold water and it being my first open water swim since June or something stupid. But, I got out of the water and all was good.
|Taken to wearing goggles under cap so I don't lose them and so they hold my braid in!|
|Riding my road bike. I didn't feel very flashy....|
He saved me from a giant brown snake (no kidding, I would have gone straight over it) and pushed me most of the way. Slow ass run, but I made it home to cheers from my team mates, to break the DNF hoodoo that has crowded me for the last 18 months.
Onwards and upwards!
Part 2: Hazelwood (Numbers here)
I was feeling better, but not 100% at Hazelwood but I had much more fun at this race, especially with my new flashy bike getting some attention.
4km further on the bike, more than 10 minutes faster than the week before makes a fat triathlete happy!
Wore a wetsuit even though the pond was warm, swum much better.
Big chain ring on the bike means Amy JUST caught me on the bike.
Ran the whole way except for two mouthfuls of water and the second half of the big ass hill on the run.
I also almost did not race because I had a costume malfunction right before the start, in which my zip broke on my tri suit. Good thing Pete packed spare stuff for some reason that morning and I had clothes to wear! Otherwise I would have been devastated!!