Sept 9, 2007
I'm in good late-season form for the swim. It'll be a year before I'm re-hab'ed sufficiently to run and bike a triathlon so for me it was yet another swim bandit day. Dave Delucchi and Rick Ferrell signed on too, so the Three Amigos ride again! Our wave launched at 7:30am, requiring a 6:15am wake up.... for which my alarm clock (or was it the operator?) was not up to the task. Woke at 6:45am, decided to get into my wetsuit straight off, gulped a cup of water, and ran out the door, biked to the start, locked the bike to the Ideal Bar/Grill patio, and ran to the starting area. Couldn't find Rick or Dave until after I'd packed away the camera. But Diane D was there and got a nice shot of the group moments before the start of our wave.
The swim course was 1.2 miles, starting on the east side of the wharf, a wide triangle out past the end of the wharf, then north to the next bouy, and a right turn on into Cowell's beach. I started near the left front of the narrow chute, and ran/race walked into the water. Dave and Rick ran ahead of me and I didn't see Ferrell again. I took a very wide angle and thus avoided the white water melee. Although it's a slightly longer swim, I believe I save overall time by getting into my stroke and avoiding anaerobic moments. I swam through the slower members of the earlier wave even before the first bouy, and so kept my eye out for the rest of the race. I did have one stretch late where I just swam good and hard without sighting.... and wham! a hard kick to the eye by one of those slow purple cap'ers. Yow. But the water now in my goggles cleared away the fog and allowed me good vision for the final sprint in.
I'm saving this spot for Diane D's group shot before the starting gun
The finish, on Cowell's Beach
From start gun to leaving the water was 32:30 for me. Add a minute for getting to the timing carpet (which I did not do, because of my hip surgery), and that would put me 10th or 11th best in my age group! Top ten in a big race for Dr. Nuke, maybe. (OK, just the swim). I felt good throughout and could've kept up a strong swim for much longer. It's good to feel strong! I clapped and encouraged in more of my white-cap wave, including Dave Delucchi who came in 3 minutes later. Rick Ferrell came out at 31:00 flat. I retrieved my camera and took some more shots.
Thanks gang, for another great weekend warrior adventure!
The official race results are online here.