It’s All Happening!

Happy Friday!

Yesterday, I was chatting about my upcoming tri with whoever will not cover my mouth with their hand a friendly woman at See Jane Run.

Speaking of See Jane Run, there’s still time to register for their 5k or Half-Marathon in Alameda on Saturday, June 8th!  You can save 10% with the coupon code SJRSFAMB13.  Let me know if you’re going to be there!  I’d love to meet up! 

She asked when it was and I said “about two weeks.”  Except, it’s not.  It’s actually in about ONE week.

Shit is getting real.

I’ve read about a trillion articles about transitions, race plans, open water swimming, etc. but I’m re-reading them all now that we’re so close!  I may not be a talented swimmer, cyclist, or runner but I am a top-notch Googler.


Tomorrow morning, I meet up with my Tri Club (oh yeah, I joined a Tri club.  Did I forget to mention that?) for my first open water swim.  A couple of hours have been dedicated to researching this particular topic.  Lots of posts about panic attacks.  I suppose it’s possible I could freak out but honestly, I’m only nervous about the temperature of the San Francisco Bay at 7am and about looking like a fool in front of all the experienced Oakland Tri folk.  My childhood summers were spent lazing in the Russian River, swimming in pools on vacation, and splashing around Lake Tahoe at choir camp.  It actually never occurred to me to be afraid of “open water” until I started reading all about how terrifying it supposedly is.  

With singer buddies in Barbados, April 2011.  This is not terrifying.  This is heaven.

With singer buddies in Barbados, April 2011. This is not terrifying. This is heaven.

The only other thing I’m nervous about is my ability to put on my dang wetsuit.  The first time posed a serious challenge.  The suit has been sitting in my closet, waiting for me to get up the nerve to try again.  

Armed with a stick of bodyglide and a stopwatch, I went for it, hoping to get it on in under 10 minutes.  That seems insane but you don’t know the leg meat I’m working with.  

I hate this infinity.

I hate this infinity.

I passed the 10 minute mark and I was still at the knees.  And beginning to sweat.  My new time goal was 15 minutes.  Yes, it’s entirely possible that it will take me longer to put on my wetsuit than to complete the swim.  Good thing the swim isn’t last!  I finally got it on but the crotch was still too low.  And it took entirely too long.  Peeled it off and began again.



The second time was a bit better but it still feels like it takes much, much longer than it should.  I watched a couple videos where skinny Minnies slid the legs right up.  Their legs are thin.  My legs are not.  Not helpful, YouTubes.  

Wetsuit is tiring.

Wetsuit is tiring.

I decided to try again today with a plastic grocery bag over my feet and HUZZAH!  (Almost) immediate success!  It slid up much more easily.  I didn’t time it but it felt quick enough that I won’t be completely embarrassed tomorrow morning.  Huge relief!

Open water swimming!  Bring. On. The. Tips.



5 thoughts on “It’s All Happening!

  1. Mary Sue says:

    Are you doing the Mermaid Tri next weekend? I’m going to be there, too. I figure once the swim is over, the rest of the event will be a piece of cake! And yes, it’s good the swim comes first because I wouldn’t want the time it takes to put on that wetsuit added to my transition time – hopefully it will come off much more quickly than it goes on.

    • Shauna says:

      I am! I can’t wait to be off the bike, crash-free. Saying “RUN AND DONE” to myself will feel great!

      Have you done Mermaid before?

      • Mary Sue says:

        I’ve done quite a few of the Mermaid runs, but never one of their tris. In fact this will only be my second triathlon, and the first one had a pool swim. I’m a little nervous!

  2. I’m so excited for you!!! I can’t wait to read about how amazing you felt crossing the finish line. 😀 😀 😀
    Good luck with the wetsuit. I have no tips for that or open-water swimming. Salt-water swimming freaks me out a bit (grew up on lakes and then switched to pools).

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