Since January – I have been huffing and puffing regularly at GoodLife Fitness, Absolute Endurance and Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre.
My goal: to complete three sprint triathlons this season. This means the race will consist of a 750 m swim, a 25 km bike ride and a 7 km run.
Naturally I missed out on a whole bunch of races in June/July. But there’s still plenty of races in August and September!!
I knew there was a Subaru Niagara Triathlon on Sunday Aug. 8th. So on Friday, I checked the weather and then immediately went to rent a wet suit at Enduro Sport.
This is my teletubby look!! Notice I am pointing at a P3 Cervelo Bike. I dream of this bike but guess what? it will never happen. In the meantime, I like staring at them.
Then on Saturday nite I got everything ready: goggles, helmet, hat, sunscreen, running shoes, bike shoes, sox, water, guu, race belt, towel, watch, and sun glasses.
I set the alarm for 6:45 a.m. which is NOT something I usually do on a Sunday morning.
Got in the car at 7 a.m.
Arrived in Grimsby at 8 a.m…registered, got my chip, my bag of goodies, got my arm and legs marked with my age, and got my bike/equipment ready.
I also bumped into my friends, Karen and Dov and their son, Sam. I am so impressed that this father/son team has started doing triathlons. It’s really nice to see.
Then it was time to head to the water. I have only done races in conservation areas before, so swimming in Lake Ontario was new to me.
I was happy – warm, clear water. I wasn’t complaining.
The horn went off at 9 a.m.
The swim part was ok – nobody grabbed onto my ankles, or kicked me. My goggles didnt leak and I stayed on course. (which isnt easy to do coz there is no black line at the bottom like in a pool).
The bike course was um, interesting. The website described the hill as a BEAST.
I can think of a few other choice words. LOL.
I walked. Many others walked as well. To be honest, I could barely walk up THE BEAST.
The rest of the course was truly beautiful and going down THE BEAST at 54 km/hour was pretty interesting too.
The run was lovely and flat. Just the way I like it. The houses in Grimsby provided some lovely eye candy and lots of residents pulled out their garden hoses to provide us with a cool spray. Gotta love it.
2 hours and 23 minutes later..DONE.
Felt great. (notice the smile?)
Post race activity: DIRECT to Body Blitz to soak my muscles in a green tea pool, cold plunge pool, eucalyptus sauna, dry sauna and sea salt pool. I think every women should go there after a race…It’s Da Best!!
What a treat. What a day.
Anyone want to join me in Orillia on Aug. 22nd?