Welcome to numbness… or should I say numbnuts.
Let me tell you a story about this past weekend:
It was aquathlon nationals this past weekend in Longmont and Longwood, CO. There are not that many people there. The sport is still pretty young and so let’s be honest as long as you don’t drown or quit/die you will qualify….
Funny how the bar set at - don’t die- is kind of hard. Waaahhhhhhh!
So Friday we fly in and mom and I go pick up our packet. We get to the table and surprise, you are not swimming in the reservoir you are supposed to. Because of all the rain, the e-coli levels are 5 times the levels safe to swim in. Yeah I would like to not to land in the hospital from competing in this thing. So we were still going to run, but then we had to drive 50 miles south of denver to swim the 1 mile swim at another reservoir, bowles reservoir in Lakewood Colorado. It was definitely clean, and definitely COLD as freaking hell.
The run was eh, seemed like forever. I was horribly out of shape having not really run for a month. The week before I ran twice had to stop and couldn’t really breathe. Thanks trial and burning the midnight oil work hours. You have made me a blobular runner. I ran the slowest 5K in my entire life, but nevermind. Also it was dry and at some point my exercise induced asthma kicked in. Wheee. great Can’t breathe! After that, we drove down to Lakewood. Sat in traffic for a while and almost 2 hours later arrived at our swimming destination.
In Budapest, I only wore a tri-suit, no wetsuit in about 57-58 degree water. That was ass-cold, but nothing compared to this. And this time I had a wetsuit. This water temperature was bone chilling, you want to die, head freeze, can’t feel your toes or hands cold.
So we get in have to do this loop which was in the shape of a trapezoid, so there are 2 diagonals and a long stretch at the top. The diagonals are brutal, because it’s hard to go straight. There are winds and you feel as if you aren’t really going anywhere. Well I couldn’t breathe - as a result of a combo of residual asthma and panic. Great! Waved for help and hung onto the lady with a kayak [ they are there so no one drowns]. She calmed me down and said she would stay with me until I got out to the first buoy. I finally calmed the eff down, hanging out at dead last. I got into it and started to move. I shockingly passed 3 people in my wave. On the last turn on the last diagonal back, the winds picked up and you feel as if you are fighting against the earth. It was brutal, the waves were in your mouth, can’t breathe, and people are coming up on you to pass and mow through you. Anyway despite my crazy beginning, I finished and vowed again not to do this again…
Yes I am insane, because every time I race this race… I tell myself I will never do this again and what the Hell are you thinking, dummy? Well I continue to do it and do alright. At least this time, I used body glide so my neck was not so messed up that people would have thought I was trying to kill myself with a rope. Win!
The silver lining, is that 1) I was finished 10th - only a minor detail that I only beat out 2 people, but heck I was not dead last; 2) I qualified for worlds- Boom!; 3) I saw cheyenne, WY - which is bizzaro land but awesome too; 4) I had the most awesome corned beef hash in wyoming. YAY eats!!!!