Sunday, August 08, 2010
Saturday I went to the trail for a morning run. I set my Nike + iPod to 5 miles because that's my goal on my days off. On days I work I go to the gym and walk the treadmill because it's too hot in the afternoons to run outside. I rarely run on the treadmill though because I just prefer the outside.
As I drove closer to the trail I figured there must be an activity because there were police cars on ever corner near the lake. I decided to go to the trail anyway and see what was going on.
Nothing was going on when I parked a little before 8 so I got out and began a warmup brisk walk. Then I notice a biker fly by on the street above where I had parked, then another, then another. They had on race numbers. Oh, a bike race, I thought.
I kept walking and my pace grew. I noticed arrows drawn on the trail. Then I noticed the arrows pointed off the trail. I'm good. They are not coming this way.
Up ahead I noticed a lot of activities, tents, vans, spectators. There were the walkers, runners, bikers on the trail, none with numbers, just the usual Saturday morning athletes, so I kept going.
As I approached the middle of the activities, I saw no runners or bikers with numbers racing around so I felt I could get through the crowd before they arrived. Then, I noticed a line of people coming out of the water. OMG, I'm in the middle of a triathlon; and the swimmers are crossing my path. The nerve of them!! Ha ha.
I had already started slowing as I approached the crowd, but now I had to really slow down. I could have passed through because at that time the last of the slower ones were coming out the water and crossing the trail not in a line, but every 5-10 seconds. I wasn't about to break through although some people did. That would just have been rude of me. What I did was become part of the cheering crowd. The slower ones really needed that.
It was an amazing site. I had never witnessed a triathlon but had just read about one in a running magazine about a week ago. The article had illustrated what to expect and the complete trail. What I thought was everyone starting at the same time doing the same thing, not one group biking, and another group swimming, and maybe another group running all at the same start time.
I didn't stay long because DH was waiting for me to take a road trip. I was, however, fascinated with what I did see. Could that be me one day? If not, it was just great to be a part of the excitement!
I forgot to stop my recording on my iPod and ended up with about 1.5 miles anyway. Got my walk on and witnessed a triathlon!