Last Sunday, I joined my 1st open water tri race! Yes, I am registered for Cobra Ironman and I just did my 1st open water tri race yesterday! My fear this week has been tremendous! Though I have swam Dungaree Beach and rode the hilly terrain of Subic last year several times, the fear was still there. Well, more so because I have not encountered the sudden dark abyss of the ocean everyone talked about. Descriptions ranged from “sudden drop” or “deep blue” and “like swimming in outer space.” So, the afternoon before the race, we swam together the swim course together with our coach. Since it was very late in the afternoon, high tide was up and the waves were not quite what I have expected. I didn’t panic though once i reached the dreaded sudden drop as the waves were scarier. It was a great swim and my fear was all washed out together with the waves. Bye bye deep water fear!
This was a photo of Dungaree Beach taken last year. I do not have a good shot this year but this is just to give you anidea on how the 750m course looked like
During race day, there were jelly fish casualties. I had a minor stung too which I realized only after the race and is now annoyingly itchy. There were a few injured from the bike too, hopefully they are resting now for a great recovery.
So how did the race go? Well, I am a midpack racer and never pushed myself beyond an uncomfortable pace. So, I still had a big smile when I entered each of the transitions, and crossed the finish line as if I just did a quick run at the park.
Here are more photos I’m sharing…
First wave – mini sprint male has started while the female mini sprint participants await their turn.
Female participants turn
Super Tri Kids Winners
Winners from 13-15 years old category
1st and second place winners for adult mini sprint
From left, 3rd place female, 1st place male and female, 2nd place female and male
Sprint female winners
So sorry, I do not have the photos of the olympic distance winners since my stomach had been complaining of recovery food.
First race of the year completed! Please read about my next race in March!