|2499 of the 2500 competitors. |
1 is still in the ladies room.
As I finished my business, I wondered how far ahead of me the rest of the racers actually were. There was nothing I could do about that and I was sooo incredibly fine with it. I am sure my Coach stated something like only worry about that which you can control. If he didn't that would be a good one for him. I kept chuckling to myself, I am going to enjoy myself. When spectators saw me come out of the hotel they were yeling at me to hurry up. Why I thought? what would those two extra seconds do to assist. I found a race official and asked if he would zipper my skinsuit up and walked down the beach to the water. The people were yelling "Go, Go Go!!" I turned on my Garmin and needed to wait for the GPS to sync. There was nothing I could do. I could not see a fellow competitor in site. No yellow or red bathing caps in my view. I smiled and waved to those around the beach and when I got a signal, I took a deep breathe, said Nokk 3 times and I was off. Officially the last person to start in the water for the 2013 Cozumel Ironman. The swim was very enjoyable and beautiful. The days leading up to the race the water wasn't as calm as it was for race morning. The ability to see more than 12 inches in front of you in a swim is unheard of in the lakes and reservoirs that I had swam in back in Colorado. To see fish and coral and divers was pretty amazing. It felt like heaven under water. So peaceful and serene. Alone I took off and got into a rythm of my own breathing. I worked my breath and my stroke in harmony.
|That's me in the yellow cap.|
|Coming out of the water. I look mad. |
Probably got caught taking in a deep nose breath.
|ok, now where do I go?|
Running out of the water, felt good. I immediately dropped the top to my swim suit and took off my cap. Trying to be efficient. I was immediately handed this bag of water and wondered....."What the hell do I do with this thing? They said there would be showers after the swim is this it? Am I supposed to dump this little bag of water on my head? Surely they are not handing out bags of water. This is Mexico, I'll drink this and be leaving a trail of unpleasantness all along the bike path. Hey look it's Hal! Hi Hal.....this is soooooo fucking cool! Now what am I supposed to do with this bag???
|Is this supposed to be my shower??|
|Is this just water? Is it ok to drink? How do I open it??|
|Hey look it is my Ironbuddy Hal ~ give him the Shaka to reinforce positive vibes.|
|And off I go for a 112 mile ride of the Island.|