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I grew up at the beach. Year-round on Long Beach Island, NJ. So when it was announced that there would be a triathlon there for the first time, I knew I wanted to make it <b>MY first triathlon</b>, too.<br><br>
Problem was, I hadn't <i>really</i> swam since I was about 15.<br><br>
Oh, and I didn't have a bike.<br><br>
Well, I enlisted a friend's husband, who happens to be a swim coach, to coach me. And, I borrowed my dad's old bike until I finally bought myself one. And I trained all summer. Well, sort of. I fit swimming and cycling into my marathon training...<br><br>
So the weekend finally arrived. I was feeling so excited all week for this. Picked up my registration packet Saturday before heading off to a friend's wedding. I asked if they could please do my body marking tomorrow, and <b>I was a bit disappointed to find out there would be no body marking.</b> <i>Seriously?</i> I always thought that was a cool badge of honor for triathletes. <b>My dad offered to write my numbers on me anyway</b>. Great, now it'll be obvious I'm new at this.. Um, that's ok, thanks...<br><br>
Sunday morning I woke up around 4:30am, had a little breakfast, and made my way to the start area to rack my bike. We were supposed to do that from 5-6am. Lucky for me, my family's business is just a few blocks away from the start, so I had a home base close by. Racked my bike (by looking at how some other people had, by the way) and since there was no line to rack at about 5:45, we now had time to kill before the pre-race meeting. My dad and I walked up the block to get coffee and then head back to drop some stuff off and make a pit stop at our store. Once we arrived back at the race site, I set up my transition bag and stood there for a few minutes taking everything in. By now it was light out and racers were filling the rack area. Some were putting on wetsuits, others listening to ipods, some chatting with friends. I wished a few people around me a good race and headed out for the meeting.<br><br>
Everything was delayed a bit, and it was a little chilly while waiting, but soon enough we were heading across the parking lot to the bay. As beautiful as the day would turn out to be, the wind was really whipping by now and that caused a serious current and LOTS of chop. As I watched the first few waves start, I noticed more than a few swimmers struggling to keep their stroke. And then we all realized how shallow the water was as the first swimmers were walking around the last buoy. <b>Ok, so the 400 yard swim is really more like a 300 yard battle of the chop and current, and then a 100 yard walk through the mucky bay bottom. So much for my swim training...</b><br><br>
I was in the last wave, and before I knew it, I was waving bye to a couple of my friends on the dock and starting my swim. I mean my struggle. Halfway to the first buoy, I knew this was going to be tough. I wasn't freaked out about the person trying to climb up and over my back, or the other person kicking me. Yes, this was my first OWS with other people near me, but I expected that and didn't let it freak me out. <b>What freaked me out was that by the time I reached the first buoy, I realized holding a stroke was nearly impossible.</b> I ended up alternating between freestyle, breast stroke, and backstroke, just to balance out all the tossing around the chop was doing. Somehow, I made it to that last buoy and knew I'd have to dolphin dive and then wade myself up onto the beach. Winded, for sure, but ready to make the run across the parking lot to the bikes. Here's a shot of me coming across the beach:<br><img alt="" src="http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q111/loralbi/triswim.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>.25 mile swim = 9:35</b><br><b>T1</b> (includes run across parking lot) <b>= a not so fast</b> (but I'm still learning!) <b>3:08</b><br>
Squirted my feet and face with my water bottle, got my shoes, helmet and sunglasses, and race belt on, and grabbed my bike.<br><br>
We had to walk our bikes out of the transition area, across the timing mat, and then get on at the mounting area. I had a little trouble (for the first time ever, go figure) getting my feet in the suicide bracelets, but then I was on my way... The bike was a rather uneventful double 6 mile loop. I cruised heading south (wind at my back) and found myself looking for friends along the course. <b>It was here that I, not for the first or last time today, realized how cool it was to be doing this in my hometown...</b> Heading back into the 15mph wind wasn't fun, but a short 3 miles later, I've got the wind at my back again for the second loop.<br><img alt="" src="http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q111/loralbi/tribike1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Got back to the dismount spot and walked my bike into the transition area. <b>Bike time = 42:44</b><br><b>T2 = 0:47</b><br>
Racked my bike, dropped my helmet, out I went.<br><br>
The run was also a loop course. Got my legs under me ok, but wasn't sure of my pace until I hit mile 1, and then if I'm being honest, I wasn't even thinking about pace. I started watching runners. I noticed all the different sizes, faces, strides, clothes. <b>I kept thinking how cool this was. I even told one of the race directors how much fun I was having as I passed him on my homestretch to the finish line.</b><br><br>
And there it was. My family and friends were there and I cruised right in. I felt myself smile and I started clapping as I crossed the mat. Hit my watch and I was done. <b>3 mile run = 25:25.</b><br><img alt="" src="http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q111/loralbi/trifinish.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
That clock shows the overall time. <b>My actual time</b> with my wave start was really 20 minutes less -- <b>1:21:38</b>.<br><b>My first triathlon! SO COOL!!!!!</b><br><br>
After seeing my people and getting my bike and transition stuff, I made my way to the awards ceremony to see an old friend and his wife get their awards (they were 2nd and 1st in their age group, he was 4th overall!)<br><br><b>Here are my numbers:</b><br><b>time = 1:21:38</b><br><b>overall place 182 out of 330ish finishers</b><br><b>AG place 6th out of 20</b><br><b>32nd female out of 128</b><br><br>
I loved this day. I loved the challenge, the camaraderie, the fun. There were things that the race directors will have to tweak for next year, but for the first LBI triathlon, things went pretty well. I am so thankful to a certain person in my life who took me to see the Ironman triathlon in Coeur D'Alene last summer -- it was there that I decided to make changes in my life that led me to run my first marathon in April and this first tri today. <b>Before I even finished the race, though, I knew it wouldn't be my last...</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Great job <b>Solar</b>!
 

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What? You had fun? FUN? <b><i>FUN???</i></b> Not allowed. Nope. This is serious business you know.<br><br>
Great job! And I gathered even before you wrote it, that this won't be your last. Congratulations.
 

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Yay <b>Solar</b>!!!!!
 

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Yah, Solar!<br><br>
Sounds like you had a maaaahvelous experience! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Top notch job, Solar! Tris are a blast to race - tough to fit in as much training as you'd like to do in order to be really good at all 3 disciplines, but they are a load of fun. Glad you enjoyed your first one.
 

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<b>Solar</b> - you rocked it!!!! Nice job, girl!! I am so impressed!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Man, <b>Solar!</b> You make it look so easy. Might make us normal women think we can do it too. maybe...<br><br>
Great Work! Great Fun!<br>
Congrats!
 

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Thanks everyone!<br><br>
I just looked at the updated official results on the lin-mark site. Apparently, I was 180th overall, 31st female. This just keeps getting better! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Way to go!!! Oh, and a 3 min transition in your first tri?!?!?! WOW! Both of my transitions in my 2nd tri were 5 min each. AWESOME JOB!
 

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Great RR Lora...continue to be impressed by this group, especially those of us that push our boundaries.<br><br>
After you, Moon, Mary, Theia, Beaker I might just have to learn to swim.
 

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Congrats <b>Solar!</b> Great job and a great report! Like there was any doubt in any of our minds <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 
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