>> Monday, July 19, 2010
Or, “My Manhood Can Handle Being ‘Chicked’ By a 14 Year Old Girl.”
Or, “Julia, Don’t Drown That Child!”
Or, “Well, At Least I Beat The Pregnant Woman...”
Yesterday morning was my first ever “swim only” event. It was the “Great Prairie Open Water Swim.” They had a 5K and a 2.5K race. I knew I’d be able to handle the 2.5K with no problem, so I signed up!
Pharmie came to the race, but she didn’t do the event - she was just there to cheer. But she wanted to get in a swim, so she headed out for a 45 minute swim before the race started:
5Kers off in the distance
Me, Chris, Kelly, Julia, and Steve H.
As we were nearing the start, I grabbed a photo with Amy B:
Here’s Julia, Steve, and Kelly all near the left / center of this photo crossing the starting mat:
I was a bit behind those guys at the starting line. Here I am entering the water with a lot of other people from the “wetsuit division:”
Heading to the left, looking for some clear water
When it came time to round the first buoy (about 950 meters into the race), I was swimming near someone, and I realized it was Julia!!! If I was near Julia, I MUST have been doing OK!! I was thrilled to see that! (I was in a wetsuit and she was not, so I know that gave me an advantage, but STILL, to be near Julia is a good thing!)
On the back-stretch, my sighting got a little off. I kept drifting a little to the outside. And I started getting a bit of a side-stitch on my right side. Stupid abs. What have you ever done for me? I was happy to round that next buoy and start my 950 meter journey back to the finish line.
About 1/3 of the way back (with around 600 meters left), I caught sight of another wetsuit next to me. “Ooh, THERE’S my friendly competition for the rest of the race,” I thought. I felt like I was doing OK, so there was a CHANCE that I could place in the “wetsuit division.” So I had to keep this guy from beating me back to shore! We kept up with each other, and I was always slightly ahead of him. But I was also aware that the final part of any swim is pretty weak for me, so I was trying to pull away early.
Anyway, as I was “battling” that guy out there, the 5Kers were starting their second lap, and the winner of the 2.5K was crossing the line. The winner was a 15 year old boy, who did the 2.5K in 36 minutes!
Trying to catch him...
...trying to catch him...
...I couldn’t catch him.
The good news? Pharmie got that ever-elusive photo of me
stopping my watch as I cross the finish line. ;)
Kelly finishing just behind me (6 months pregnant!)!
I can only swim faster than her when she’s pregnant! ;)
Chris hitting the shore
Amy hitting the line!
- 9 Junior 2.5K Swimmers (non-wetsuit)
- 21 Masters 2.5K Swimmers (non-wetsuit)
- 16 Masters 2.5K Swimmers (wetsuit division)
- 2 5K Relays
- 88 total swimmers
3 out of 16 in the “wetsuit division”
1 out of 1 in my age group
- I was only 3 seconds out of second place in the wetsuit division, but I could NOT pass that guy in front of me!
- The top 3 finishers of the 2.5K were all under 18, including a 14 year old girl.
- If you took my finishing time and threw that into the NON-wetsuit JUNIOR division, I would have only beat 3 of the 9 swimmers. Speedy
I chatted with my friends for a bit, hung out for the awards, and then headed home. There just HAPPENED to be a Taco Bell on my way, so I grabbed a traditional “post swim Quesadilla:”
Yep, that’s my new tradition.