Some conquered others….but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Now that I’ve finally finished the Ireland posts, I’ll be doing a series covering all our sports including, softball, t-ball, swimming and a few races. Let’s get to it!
I’ve been asking Jason to do a 5k with me. For about 16 years. For real.
Instead, he signed us up for a triathlon. I’m not sure how that was easier or better than a 5k, but whatever! I had been thinking of doing a triathlon and even better that he was doing it with me!
We started training in May. It was a little more intense than either of us expected. Normally we’d train 6 days a week between an hour or two each day. It takes a lot of hours to fit in enough swim, bike and running to feel confident enough to finish the race. All that training and anxiety has really made our summer break fly by! May, June and July went by lightning fast and our August 6 Race Day was here before we felt ready!
We woke up at 4:30 in the morning, ate some oatmeal, picked up a babysitter at 5am and drove south to the Camp Pendlton Marine Base.
Unloading the bikes:
These huge hovercraft vehicles were all over the finish area.
We visited the finish line early and hoped we’d see it at the end:
We checked in, put our stuff in the transition area and from this view the ocean looked like some medium rollers. (In our dreams.)
We also visited the port-o-potties 82 times.
Jason at transition, wetsuit on and ready to start. (This means no more nervous potty breaks)
Aimee’s transition area. I was so worried that I forgot to lay something out and had to go over it a million times before I was satisfied.
We had a few friends doing the race with us! Jason and Jeff:
Jason and Tyson:
Once we were all set up we went down to the beach to wait for our heats to start. Jason was heat 8 and I was heat 12 which meant we both had to wait for a while and Jason started 20 minutes before I did.
Waiting on the beach with my friend Holly:
We were in our wetsuits and really had those nervous pees I mentioned earlier…but no time to do anything about it!
The swim was HORRIBLE. So scary and completely terrifying. The waves were enormous and the water was extremely choppy. It was supposed to be a 500 yard swim, but it turned into much more after we had to run a half mile down the beach to compensate for the riptide that ripped the first heat of swimmers way past the buoy. We sat for almost an hour of heats watching tons of people get rescued and pulled out of the water.
Within the first 2 minutes I thought I was going to drown and I wanted to quit. I actually looked for a lifeguard to save me but then thought how disappointed I was going to be if I didn’t finish. All that training! My bike was waiting for me! I just went into survival mode and decided I didn’t care how long it took me…just as long as I didn’t die.
I didn’t do more than 4 freestyle strokes over the entire swim. I dove under a few waves and miraculously didn’t get crashed or tumbled by any. Some how I floated over a few just before they crashed. My goggles were worthless and were so foggy and I couldn’t see if a wave was coming. It was frantic trying to wipe them out before the next wave came so I could dive under just to wipe them again. The worst feeling was when I had to turn the second buoy and go back towards the beach and through the waves again. So scary. The lifeguards would scream ‘Wave! Dive!’ so we didn’t have anything crash on our backs. I was so happy to be back on land! I really cannot believe I got through it!
Jason had some of the same feelings in the water. He said he couldn’t get a good breath because of his wetsuit and he could never get into any kind of swimming rhythm.
We all agreed the bike was awesome. It was a huge boost to pass hoards of bikers who had just creamed me on the swim and was only passed by one biker who I later passed in the run so she doesn’t count! My goal was to do the bike course in under 1 hour to compensate for the swim….In training I’ve never come near that distance in anywhere close to an hour, but I did the 19 miles in 1 hour 4 minutes. Awesome!
The transition to run was tricky. My legs wanted to go the same cadence I had ridden on my bike and my body couldn’t keep up. I was slipping all over the place. Once I got my bike racked, my gear off and my running shoes on I took off up the hill and my knees were on fire. That first mile was hard work. The rest of the run felt slow. I felt like my legs were heavy and I couldn’t get a great clip going.
It was a great feeling to see that finish line and attempt a tiny sprint. I do have to say that when I was done I probably could have continued running. We weren’t too tired and we weren’t sore at all the next day!
I pulled a bunch of pictures off the race photo website, so the resolution is very unclear…but there are some great shots. Jason and I coming in from the killer swim.
Tyson on the bike (he rode in the Mountain Bike division)
Tyson transitioning to the run:
Jeff on the bike (also Mountain Bike division):
Jeff ending the bike and finish line:
Jason, bike in and bike out:
Jason transitions from bike to run:
Just starting the bike while trying to wash all that sea water taste out of my mouth. Check out the girl behind me. Classic.
Aimee starting the run. It was brutal on the knees.
Jason finished and ran to the car to grab the camera and returned in time to take a few shots of me coming in for the finish.
I wanted to beat that ripped black guy.
Beat! He actually didn’t even try. 25 yds to the finish.
And the official finishing shots:
After the finish we got some water, oranges and nannies and visited with some friends before loading up our gear to go home.
We also used the port-os for the last time. (Those port-os are a huge part of racing people!)
So relieving not to be nervous anymore!
Loading up my slick new bike boyfriend. He sleeps in my spare room and I let the kids wipe him with baby wipes. I love him.
Camp Pendleton Sprint Distance Triathlon
500 yd Swim
19 mile bike
5K (3.1) mile run
Like I said, some conquered others.
Not sure if we’ll try to conquer that course next year because we hear that swim is always a killer….but we are signed up for an Olympic Distance (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) in September and another in October…..so we continue to train…..