I’m blessed with an amazing TRIbe. Ladies that share their support, tips, and sometimes a reality check.
I was all set to have my Ironman 70.3 be my first open water swim race. My tri-sister Ashley told me no way, I had to do the LKN Tri and get an open water under my belt.
I’m so glad I did! The swim was a bit nerve racking. They blew the horn and it was like thrashing piranhas. Swimmers crawling over swimmers. A few times, I stopped, and rolled over on my back to calm my nerves.
I ended up adding a few hundred yards to the 750 swim, because of a poor buoy strategy. You could swim to either side, and I swam to the outside, which, turned out to be the long way. That’s all right. I finished, and wasn’t last.
The bike ride was a beautiful trek with some nice hill work. And, I was thrilled to be able to do run intervals on the run course after finally being released to run after a summer full of physical therapy. I was so excited to do the run that I forgot to remove my bike gloves.
The icing on the top was having my family AND my niece and nephew who are four being there to cheer me on. I love that they can see their aunt being fit, and having fun…and “winning” the race.