Today I raced in the BFAST Triathlon, Olympic Distance. The Olympic Distance is typically a 1 mile swim, 24 mile ride and a 6.2 mile run. The BFAST race is held at the Mayport Naval Station. The swim is in the ocean and the bike and run course loops through the grounds of the Naval Station. It was neat to see all the ships and military personell while on the course. The grounds were amazing to see and it was a good reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of our military.
The swim course looked intimidating. I admit the first buoy looked like it might have been quite close to Cuba. The course consisted of a swim straight out to the buoy and then swimming parallel to the shore. Ocean swims can be very intimidating. It takes practice and I am determined to keep at it and get better!!! During the swim I was sure I was last. I did not allow that to discourage me so in the words in the movie Nemo, I just kept swimming. The bike course was 3 loops. When I made it to T2 (also known as transition 2, from bike to run) I was again sure I was in last place. By this time it was getting really hot and I do not always perform well in the heat. I kept going. The run was flat but the heat made it challenging. Yet again I was sure I was close to last. Finally I made it to the finish and I was happy to have a good day of solid training regardless of my time. I did not stick around for awards because I was sure I did not make the podium. A few hours later I got a text from my coach informing me that I got 2nd in my age group! What?! And, there were more than 2 people in my age group. Ha! Overall it was a successful day.
I was fortunate to have my personal photographer (aka husband to document the event).
Just after the swim…