I am a triathlete. It was a super sprint, .35 mile swim, 10 mile bike, ~2.5 mile run. I finished in 1:21:59 (just under 1:22). I'm thinking an actual sprint distance I should be able to do in about 1:45. I probably could have run faster. I had enough left to sprint the last .1 or so. I didn't realize that the finish line was so close, then again, I didn't need to cheese it up for my mom at the end, or walk a bit in the beginning of the run. Oh well.
In short, the swim was my OMG-I-may-die-out-here moment, it was so crowded, but I kept going forward, whether in freestyle or side stroke. The bike I need to work on. I may need to quit my gym and find one with a spin class. I could have pushed the run harder, but I think walking in the beginning is necessary for me. I also wouldn't have been able to talk to my fellow TriDivas.
Now I'm just happy to be home and to have completed the triathlon. Jeremy thinks it's a better spectator sport than running. Apparently he kept coming to see me at the transition area, but got there in time to see me running away both times.
One thing I did notice was the difference between a 4th place finish and my 90th place finish was less than 20 minutes (in my age group anyway).
I'll have pictures and a full fledged race report a bit later. My mom and Melissa took some really great pictures. The venue allowed pictures of the swim, which can be hard in most open water swims. There weren't very many people wearing wetsuits (the water was pretty warm (80 degrees) so they could spot me in my wave.
Off to get ready to take my Dad out to dinner. Have a great one!