Now, as you all know, I have been training for this stupid triathalon for the past year (and not really liking it but, whatever). So, I was excited to see that I could compete in a tri at this festival and it would be fun and easy and laid back and easy (wait did I already say that?). It was perfect since they did all three stages but, they spaced them out over two days...PERFECT, since I was concerned about doing all three events with little time in between to rest. So, here I had it...I was stepping up to do this and thought "Good way to start and this was going to be easy peasy."
Ummm, ya, well, I had never done an open water swim before...Holy Crap...that was no fun AT ALL!! It was a half mile swim and I knew about an eighth of a mile in that I was in trouble. I could not get into a rhythm and I couldn't put my face in the water. This has never been a problem before and every time I would put my face in, I would FREAK out because I couldn't see a thing. It was all murky and not the least bit like swimming in a pool. So, I thought "Well, I will just keep my face out of the water then." This was good in theory but, I kept getting splashed in the face by other swimmers wake and literally kicked in the face several times. I begin to think..."Oh crap, I can't do this" and I begin to look at my options. I cannot turn around since I was so far out at this point that it would not have mattered. I could not be plucked out by a boat since they were all kayaks and canoes and I would certainly pull them in with me in my freak out session. So, I continued to swim and think and freak out and swim and freak out and think. This was spirit crushing for me since I thought that the swim would be the best event for me...apparently not since I almost drowned.
I continued to swim with the encouragement of my super hot hubby (he was great...he swam with me even though he could have gone much faster). I finished the half mile swim completely out of breath and so excited to receive the participation ribbon. I was so proud of myself that I did not finish last...I finished second to last, in front of a fit young man in his 20's. I won't even tell you he was drunk at the time of the swim but, I totally beat his ass!!!