This was to be my first wet-suit'ed Ironman length swim since before my bad hip phase. I was looking for a good measure of how my swimming is coming back. The event website said to expect 70F water temperature, which is fine for a tri-suit. Actual temperature turned out to be 79F - too hot! - and so I changed my division at the last minute, to the non-wetsuit division. This also gave me a chance for age group awards, but despite being in good shape, this race tends to draw more than the usual hardbodies, like for example... Beijing Olympic open-water swimmers. It's also a favorite of masters swim teams around the bay area... so I kept my goals personal.
The 1.2 mile race keeps bouys in the right shoulder, following an angular pattern around the small lake.
If I'd stayed in the wetsuit division, my goal would be to beat my '96 Ironman Canada 2.4 mile swim time of 1:11. As a non-wetsuit, my goal was to beat 1:16. I haven't done as much mileage this year as 2 years ago, when I trained with Ferrell for his Ironman and we put in some long pool sessions. So, I didn't know how I'd fare. But I felt good out there, taking a conservative 1st lap and then stepping it up more and more as I progressed through the 2nd lap. I concentrated on good form and didn't go anaerobic, and I think I put in my best.
Ex Pro triathlete Karen Chequer-Pfeiffer won her age group, and her daughter took 2nd in hers.
My 1:16 would roughly correspond (I figure) to a 1:06 if I'd worn the wetsuit, and that would handily beat my (solidly respectable) 1:11 at Ironman Canada 12 years ago. Ergo, I'm not in the grave quite yet!
Here's the results page posted by J&A Productions.