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When Keeping it Real Goes Right - A Swimmer’s Story

posted April 2, 2007 @ 10:31 PM  |  Triathlon category

~By Scott Bay, Dynoswimmer

So it was unseasonably cold in Florida - air temp in the mid 50s and water temp in the high 60s / low seventies, in other words wetsuit weather for my first Tri of the season. I chose to keep it real and only wear my jammers that I race masters and open water in.

Race morning I realize that I am one of six people not wearing a wetsuit. 20 minutes to race start and no one is in the water to warm up. I chose to push my ‘Real-o-Meter’ into the red and run into the water and swim 50 yds of fly before settling into a nice freestyle rhythm to warm up.

The gun goes off and 250+ male swimmers hit the water churning it into a cauldron of fury. It was right then and there that I decided to Keep it Realer than I ever have before.

I sprinted to the front both over and around people to catch up to the lead group. I ended up 5th (By about 7 seconds from the leader) and the first non wetsuit person out of the water that day. I ended up 20th out of almost 400 at the end of the tri as I had to pay for the hard swim effort.

It stinks to get passed on the bike and run due to a strong swim effort but hey. I had my 15 seconds of glory after the swim.

Comments...

As you know I would have chose the wetsuit.

Congrats on the great swim. You have been ddoing very well at practice.

Posted by Amy on April 13, 2007 @ 5:43 AM

You have! You've been kicking butt at practice. I, at one time, could keep up but now, forget it. You blow me away!

You too, Amy. I've just been a slacker.

Posted by Judi on April 14, 2007 @ 12:37 AM

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