My 2nd Aquathlon
Two weekends ago I competed in my second olympic aquathlon, which is a 1-mile open water swim, followed by a 6 mile run. It had been 4 years since I had competed in my first aquathlon and also 4 years since I swam in open water.
After realizing I could use my watch to measure the distance while training in the pool, so much changed for me! Leading up to race day, I had completed several pool 1-mile swims and although I know there is a huge difference between a pool swim and open water, I was feeling pretty good heading into the race.
I guess I shouldn’t have been too confident, because the swim turned out to be really hard. It was two loops and I actually debated quitting after the first loop. The main problem I had was with sighting. I could not see the buoys at all, especially with the sun in my face. There were two times I completed stopped and treaded water to try to find my bearings. I definitely had the thoughts of “what happens if I get too tired?”
The second lap actually seemed to go a little better than the first. I ended up pushing through and finished the swim, thank goodness. I was curious to know how far I actually swam, because it seemed as though I spent most of the time off course. I ended up getting 17th out of 53 people, so I’ll take it!
As mentioned, the swim was followed by a 6 mile run. Although I hadn’t run much lately, I knew I could cross the finish line. I however, was not prepared for the hills, at all! Who knew there were hills in Texas? I ended up walking quite a bit of it, and I definitely walked all the uphill portions. The best part was definitely going downhill.
My walk/run time was awful. I don’t even want to give it to you, it was so so so bad! In fact, my whole race was 20 minutes slower from when I did this same distance 4 years ago. Laughable right? 20 minutes is a very, very, very long time.
If it’s worth anything, my T1 time was only 1 minute and ranked 5th out of 53 people. Which seems crazy because I was so disoriented after the swim that I had to sit down to put on my shoes. Clearly that was the best part of my race!
Overall I got 3rd in my age group.. out of 5 people! Ha, We didn’t stay to receive my medal as we wanted to go to church, but all in all I was just so thankful to be finished! If I ever do a race like this again, I really hope the swim goes much better.
If you want to see other races I have done you can see them below (only sharing half-marathons, triathlons, and Head for the Cure races)
Chosen Half Marathon
My 1st Triathlon
My 2nd and 3rd Triathlon
Rock and Roll Dallas Half Marathon
March of Dimes
Head for the Cure 5K’s
Mckinney Half Marathon
My 4th Triathlon
St. Jude Rock N Roll Half Marathon
Austin Head for the Cure
My 5th Triathlon
My 6th Triathlon
My 6th Half Marathon
My 7th Triathlon
My 8th Triathlon
My 9th Triathlon
My 10th Triathlon
My 11th Triathlon
My 12th Triathlon
My 13th Triathlon