Sunday, October 01, 2006
SWIM 2.4 miles: 1:52:11 (2:39/100 yards) (8/11 women)
SWIM TO BIKE TRANSITION: 11:51 (10/11 women)
BIKE 112 miles: 6:58:50 (16.0 mph average) (8/11 women)
FINISH: 9:02:51 (10/11 women)
Yes, a lot of the swim times were on the slow side! What is especially encouraging to me is that there were at least 17 swimmers that came out of the water after me, over 8% of the 212+ starters in an iron-distance swim. (I know at least one woman was pulled from the water after the cutoff.) When I was in the water I couldn't really tell if I was last or not, because I could rarely see any other swimmers except in the far distance ahead of me. I guess I'm not such a weak swimmer any more!! That's highly encouraging progress!
Doing a little math, I also figured out that if I was swimming yesterday at the same speed as I did in the pool last Wednesday - and I think that's not too unlikely, aided by the wetsuit - I effectively covered an extra half mile in the waters of the Choptank by veering off course repeatedly. Or being pushed off course by the current. Or that much extra water passed by me during the swim from the current. Or a combination of the three.
Sheesh, how could I be 8th in both disciplines, yet drop to 10th overall? Oh, yeah, the women with slower swims had sizzling bike legs, and the women with slower bike times had unreal fast swim times. Figures. Me, I muddle through the whole thing at a steady-eddie pace to make it to the finish line. Of course, it doesn't help to spend several minutes of transition time chit-chatting with volunteers and competitors, does it?
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