Friday, July 16, 2010

1st step!

Can I just say I'm thrilled, yes thrilled with my first 1500m open water swim! I was pretty nervous before starting, as I usually seem to be, until I get in the water and then my nerves ease. We set off on the first lap I started in the back of the wave, it was not that big maybe 50-60 women doing the 1500m. I felt really good staying with part of the group for quite a while and soon the next wave was catching us, men 750m, but it was never to crazy crowded. I just kept swimming and it seemed like the sighting was going well. Around the first buoy and a short distance across and then turn to head back in...and then some of the trouble begins...the goggles are a little fogged, I have issues with my distance vision any way and of course we are swimming in to the sun,and those of you that have been out at Boulder know there isn't much on the shore to use, but still I feel pretty good. Hit the sand and run...ok not really run....jog down the beach to get back in. There were about 3 or 4 people just ahead of me and I see at least one running on the beach but not sure how many behind. Still feeling pretty strong I don't think I ever had to switch to a resting stroke but I did have to get my bearings a couple of time. So as I'm heading back out to the 1st buoy again, I feel like I'm never going to get there, looks like it is right there but never seems to get any closer, finally I'm turning and turning again and heading back in! Still feeling pretty strong and feeling like I'm giving it a little more effort as I know I've got it now. Sighting seems easier but it seems that every time I look up I need to correct, I keep getting off, I don't know if it was just my crazy swimming or what. Finished still feeling pretty strong and amazingly good. I could see there were still people behind me so I was happy about that! You know those people in Boulder are crazy fast! So even though I felt I was giving it more in the 2nd lap it was slower, but it does include the jog down the beach, either way I'm pretty thrilled with my time!

Lap 1 16:59
Lap 2 18:47
Total 35:45

Yes thrilled! I think I may have to give it another go in a couple of weeks and maybe even do the run too. Anyone else think it's harder to go from swimming to running then it is to go from swimming to riding?

2nd step coming up!


Diana said...

Nice job! That's awesome swimming.
My tri that I do every fall starts with the run and ends with the swim because it ends in a YMCA pool, so I go from riding to swimming! It's actually kind of hard-I'm pretty tired from the ride. I usually give it my all during the ride, as this is my best part to do catch up from my slow running, then to have to swim right away. While it's refreshing to cool off, it's still hard to finish in the pool....I think that's why I like this one so much!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Yay! I'm so glad your swim went well! You did awesome! I'm so happy for you! :)

Kathleen said...

See, you can do it!!! Way to go!
Best of luck on Sunday. Just pace yourself and you will do great!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Great job!