Sunday, August 07, 2011
Friends - today was the greater Cleveland triathlon my 14th event for Team in Training raising money for the leukemia and lymphoma society.
During the last week I have felt under the weather and Friday night I thought - perhaps I should look into changing from a olympic distance to a sprint. I did !!!!
All my gear was ready when I went to bed - my bike was in the car so I just had to get out of bed this morning and get to the start line. Got there 5:45 and got everything ready so I could 'shoot the breeze' until start time. Well as it got lighter, we could see the lake and the Sheriff's vessel bopping up and down. There were waves - and there were white caps ... hmmm .... will they cancel the swim?
To make a long story short, the swim was not cancelled (waves 4-5 feet) but it was kept at a shallow part of Lake Erie so people were able to walk if they needed to. It was a real challenge, and I am not sure I am up for that anytime soon. However, I survived the swim - got on my bike and despite the winds mustered a pretty decent speed. (forgot my Garmin). Flew through the bike course, so it felt, and then on to the run course, which was pretty uneventful.
After I finished - I went back out on the course and supported the last TNT participants on their last stretch. It is such an awesome feeling to have people with less experience cross the finish line that words cannot describe.
Now I am home drinking a little coffee - hoping to wake up - but I think a nap after my shower may be in order.