That was my experience today, as I participated in the NYC Swim association's Aquathlon. I got kicked, punched, slapped, and pummeled from all directions as I and the other 279 participants attempted to get through two buoys, 1.5k down the Hudson, and up the ladder back to land--at which point we were by no means finished. Then there was the task of shedding our goggles and cap (plus a wetsuit, for those swimmers who wore one), donning our socks and sneakers, and racing up the West Side Highway, from 56th to 83rd street, and then back down again--a 5k run that completed the race.
My results are below. Overall, I am pleased with my performance, seeing as it is my second-ever open water race and also my second-ever mutli-event competition. I'd like to see it as one step closer to becoming a triathlete (because having completed one sprint-length triathlon last summer does not qualify me for the title of "triathlete"); however, I'm not sure whether I'm going to summon the motivation to dive into competitive cycling.
In the meantime, I have other concerns. NYC marathon training starts this week, so long run updates will be coming soon. Stay tuned....
|Race Length (swim/run)||Overall Time||Swim Time||Run Time||Overall Place||Gender Place|
|1.5k (1 mile) / 5k (3.1 miles)||00:51:06:20||00:27:44:95||00:23:21:25||22/280||5th|