This is a series of 3 races.
1. 400m swim and 2 mile run.
2. 600m swim and 2 mile run.
3. 800m swim and 2 mile run.
(then the triathlon build up begins!)
You can check it out here. http://www.triathlon.ky/tri-events/stroke-and-stride
Last night was the first race, and my first attempt and a mass open water start. There was about 100 swimmers starting. I was feeling quite confident because I have done enough open water swimming to feel confident. I was wrong, the sound went, feet and arms everywhere. Water was so rough and I couldn’t get a rhythm. I found myself at 200m feeling really tired because I was just using too much energy swimming in this madness!! I ended up doing breaststroke at some points, where I was stuck behind people or there just wasn’t room to turn the corner.
Really the swim shocked me, I must have been 5 mins slower than anticipated. (I couldn’t tell because the battery was flat on my watch…)
I got out of the water feeling pretty tired and out of breath for a 400m swim, it felt more like a mile swim. Anyway I plodded on the with run and felt ok after half a mile, I made up a bunch of places, but came in on 29 mins. Not a good time. I was hoping for 25.
Time to practice open water swimming with people, not just me!!!
(Note to self: Do not eat a lot of broccoli for lunch, internal action is way too high!)
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