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.
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 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.
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.