Madison has an aquathon series and a couple of friends of mine in Janesville have been working hard to get the series started up in Janesville. They succeeded in getting a 2-race series started for this year. I don't race many of the aquathons, but they're fun so I decided to support the event.
An aquathon is a 1000 meter swim followed by a 5K run. With the heat wave this year, we had temps approaching 100 degrees for the race....and humid. Always humid.
|That's me leading the group into the water.|
|See the buoy way out there? That's the first corner buoy. I swam to the yellow buoy and hung a left.|
The race director sent a kayaker out to get me. She went out and hit me with her paddle, but not very hard. I kept swimming. Courtney told the race director to tell her to hit me really hard or I won't stop swimming. So hit me really hard she did. That got my attention.
|Kitty the kayaker hitting me with the paddle. You can't even see any other swimmers.|
There's nothing like going from thinking you're leading the race to finding out you're not even in the race. I was halfway to the wrong buoy and had a lot of ground to make up. I swam hard, caught the group and sat in second place the rest of the swim.
|Here I am coming out of the water catching a lot of crap from the race director for swimming the wrong way. Good times.|
|Transition....still catching crap...."do you need an escort for the run?"|
|Heading out on the run.|
Fortunately I managed to come out of the water with enough of a lead over 3rd that I was able to hang on for second overall.
|The finish line. Tired and about to hear a lot more crap about swimming that wrong way. That's what happens when you screw up at an event your friends are running. I'll never hear the end of it.|
They had tons of great prizes and I won a free VO2 Max test for taking 2nd overall.
|Picking my prize.|
Next up, race #2. The Janesville triathlon.... or how to end a sprint tri in an ambulance.