The problem with charging your watch the night before a race is that, in my case, it leads to an increased risk of forgetting said watch in the morning. That's exactly what happened. I realized it when we were all getting ready to head to the lake from Natty Green's, but didn't have time to run home and get it. I called Chris to bring it to me when we got to the lake. I still didn't have it for the race, which I would have liked to, but I definitely wanted it for the ride after. The OWC is the first in a series of 3 races, each of which have a short and a long option. My plan for the series is to do the 2.4 OWC, Big Deuce, and then the 1.2 Championship (since it's a week after CHOO). I really want to get in the top 3 overall women for the series, you'll find out later whether or not that happened. Back to the race. It was wetsuit legal, which was nice because the buoyancy helps. Race day was pretty miserable. Tropical storm Ana was making her presence known in the form of strong winds and very wavy/choppy conditions. The course was triangular. Into the chop, perpendicular to the chop, then with the chop. I remember myself and a few others following someone, since it was pretty hard to sight the buoys over the chop. Unfortunately, the person we were following was unknowingly cutting the course. Someone in a kayak turned us around before we terribly far, but we still added about 500 yards or so to the swim (just a guesstimate). For the 2.4 we had to do two loops, the second one wasn't as bad, but it was still a really rough swim. I finished in 59:40, but could have been much faster. I wasn't in the top 3 overall females, but I was 5th overall female, 13th overall for the 2.4 and first (technically 2nd, 3rd overall female was in my AG) in my AG (25-29). Man, I wish I had a map of my swim, would be cool to see. Oh well.
|Map of the Raleigh 70.3 practice ride.|
|Training log for the week.|