There were two "courses" set up for the day; Sprint and Olympic. In addition to that people were doing all sorts of things; aqua-bike, duathlon, run only, bike only, etc. etc. I chose the Olympic Distance course and although we didn't have an "official" clock I came in somewhere around 2 1/2 hours. Granted, there were a couple of stops in there and T-1 and T-2 took about 15 minutes total... but I was still pretty happy with the time.
To start the training off we all jumped into Spring Mill Pond. Most of us were wearing wetsuits although there were a couple of brave souls that went sans protection and toughed it out. The water was probably 55-60 degrees which isn't so bad when you consider that the air temperature was about 50 degrees. At any rate, I came prepared with a wetsuit... and despite it being the first time that I've swam in a wetsuit I felt very strong. Gwen told me that I was looking quite strong... but she's my wife and she's supposed to say that type of thing (just like my Mom telling me I was the cutest boy in school). I was a little worried pre-swim about having a tough time adjusting to the fit/feel of the wetsuit while swimming but it wasn't bad at all. I had one brief moment where I felt like I was having a hard time getting air but it passed quickly and I stayed calm throughout. Below is a picture Gwen took of me getting out of the water and heading to T-1:
It's been a long time since I've come out of the water and hopped on the bike and it took me a minute to gather my legs (and wits) about me before heading out for the 24 mile ride. Once I got out on the road I was feeling great and it was a really nice course. It was basically a circuit with some decent little hills and chances to pick up some speed on the flats. There were a TON of roadies out while we were riding and it definitely seems like a good place to get out and train... if it were closer than 2 1/2 hour away. It was great to see a seemingly strong biking community and it was cool because there were a lot of people who noticed the Whisper and asked about it. Hey, what can I say... if it looks good, rides good, you know it's good! Coming off the bike I was feeling a little tired but was definitely ready to run. Here's a pic Gwen took of me in T-2:
After I took some time throwing my shoes on and making sure I was ready to go Gwen joined me for the run! We set out at a steady pace and made our way back out onto the course. Again, I can't say it enough how impressed I was with the course today. A big up to Coop from BT for taking the time to scout the course out and make sure we had the right distances to make this enjoyable for a wide variety of folks. Gwen and I made it 4.6 miles (1.6 miles shorter than the official Olympic distance... but it was a great run nonetheless!). After the run we took a minute to say goodbye to everyone and then were on our way! It was a really great way to end the weekend and I would definitely encourage anyone who hasn't checked out Beginner Triathlete to do so. It's a great resource with a lot of great people.
So, next week doesn't hold anything as exciting as this weekend but I'm looking forward to building off of what I accomplished this week. I'm definitely going to try to get out and do some more OWS (open water swim) in the near future. I much prefer it to swimming laps in the pool... but I don't think there are many who DO prefer the pool.
Hope everyone had a great weekend...