Part 2 – First You Swim – Learning the Basics

Six long months I ran and paddled
Adding miles beneath my saddle
At last it came the day and time
Sep twenty-six, two thousand nine

Each journey has that special step
“A” letter in each alphabet
Each champion has a starting line
Each has a first and this was mine

At the gun we hit the water
Goggles? Wonder why I bothered
Head held high to keep from drinking
Doggy style to keep from sinking

My swimming leg was not that fast
Out of the lake I was dead last
That first transition? Not my best
Now on my steed I headed west

Through rolling hills and windy plain
I peddled hard with time to gain
At least I didn’t get a flat
In my sights the trailing pack

Now the run was all or nothing
Passed two walking me still running
Like I said, it wasn’t pretty
One fourteen, the other fifty
swim
My first official triathlon was the 2009 Central Valley Sprint Distance Triathlon held at the Woodward Reservoir, about 75 miles south of Sacramento, California. I emerged from the lake dead last after dog paddling the entire 500 yard swim. I kept my sights set firmly on the entire field throughout the bike leg (meaning I was still last). After dismounting my trusty mountain bike at T2 I decided to drop the hammer during the run. At that time I counted the run as my strongest of the three disciplines. Over the 5K course I reeled in two other female triathletes. One, competing in the 50-59 age group and a 14-year old high school student, the sole entrant in the 18 and under women’s division. I also beat two men.

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