I was concerned that if I had ITB pain during my half that I wouldn't be able to participate in the try-a-try...but at $35, it was a steal of a deal!!! The sprint, and other 2 try-a-tris that I've done have all been in the pool so the open water start was going to be new to me and great experience to have under my belt.
Saturday night after my half, I laid out the essentials for my transitions, and got all tattoo'd up!
|My tri-suit was underneath the wetsuit. The kitty is my mascot. LOL|
|These were inside the race kit...and so cool|
|This may become a real one...I really like the design|
|You must put your helmet on before touching your bike or you|
will be disqualified. This counts for before and after the race as well.
|Sorry for the upside down picture|
Once the swim route was explained, I quickly decided that I didn't need the wet suit to help me float and took it off. The course was about 25m out, 50m across, and 25m back to shore where we would do it all over again.
|You can see the little buoy on the left that was|
the first one we swam to.
|Might as well have some fun while waiting.|
|The pictures that are taken and you don't realize it...this is me, making|
sure that my nose is clear before running up to transition.
I was doing rough calculations as I jumped on the bike and I think I was 6th or 7th out of the water. After 4.8km, you rode to the mount/dismount line where you had to get off your bike and walk to transition. Again, you are not allowed to remove your helmet until your bike is fully put back on the transition rack. Now you remove helmet, and head out on the run with lead feet. In my head, I did listen to Ian's suggestion and dropped my bike into an easier gear near the finish and rested the legs a bit.
Out on the run, I was able to pass one of the folks that were ahead of me, putting me 5th or 6th I think. This event was untimed and purely for the experience....but you know me...I wanted to see how hard I could go. 2.2km was a great distance for beginners and I cheered others on as I saw them passing!! Once again, my friend Chris welcomed me across the finish line (he did for my half too). In this event, they actually held the Subaru banner up for each runner which was AWESOME sauce!!!
|Seriously LOVE this shot!|
The Try-a-Tri was actually right before the key event which was the kids triathlon. This event drew over 450 kids to the area, aging from 5-16....how great is that???
The only sad part of the day was that I went back down to the beach to grab my wet suit and it was gone. I'm really hoping that one of the lifeguards thought it was theirs and put it in the clubhouse. Oh...and I chaffed under my right arm ( you can see it in the finishing shot). I didn't think I had to use vaseline for such a short run distance....but apparently I was wrong...vaseline always!!
|And the ink stays on even once you're showered and dressed!|
Still badass. LOL