Why, hello! How are you all? Great, I hope!

This morning went swimmingly well! hehe. Let’s start at the beginning…

My alarm went off at 5:00 AM and I got out of bed after hitting snooze a couple of times. It wasn’t the best night of sleep because I was worried about oversleeping and woke up a few times. Nonetheless, I was running around the apartment throwing things together before I had to leave.

At the last minute I realized my gas tank was empty and I’d have to get some if I didn’t want to break down on the way Moss Park. I really thought I was going to be late but when I pulled in right behind Megan, I felt so relieved.

Caitlin joined us shortly after and we chatted a bit before heading down to the lake where I’d be swimming 1.5km. People were swimming around in the lake warming up so I decided to jump in too and see how scary the water was. It wasn’t bad at all actually…I couldn’t see anything (not even my hand in front of my face) but It wasn’t gross or scary.

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When I officially started the race I was amazed by how fast the girl swimmers were going out. I kept my spot up at the front until I totally lost track of where everyone was and started passing some of the guys who had gone out a couple of minutes before the girls. I had no idea how fast I was going. I was tired, taking a breath with every stroke, and trying to conserve some energy for the .25 mile run to the transition area. After what seemed like at least 40 minutes, I was back at the shore and taking off toward the transition area.

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Caitlin tore off my chip, threw it on Megan’s ankle and Megan took off! It wasn’t until she was gone that I found out that I’d swum the 1.5km in less than 30 minutes (about 25, we think)! Also, I was one of the first women into the finish! Way faster than I expected seeing as it’s been almost 5 years since I’ve raced and I’ve never raced in open water. My old swimming days served me well this morning!!!

Caitlin taped her knees while we waited for Megan to get back. While waiting in the transition area, we took some pictures of this awesome swimsuit dirt pattern that formed inside my suit while I was swimming.

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About 1 hour and 15 minutes later, Megan was back from her 40km ride and Caitlin was grabbing the chip and putting it on her ankle. She took off like a speed demon!

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Megan and I hung around the finish line waiting for Caitlin to round up our race and finish her 5.6 mile run. We took some pictures with Megan’s friend Debbie who was super sweet to come out with her fiance, Mike to cheer us on! Megan’s boyfriend Jason also showed us some of the pics he’d been taking with his fancy cam which happens to be the same model as mine! I was excited 🙂

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Caitlin clocked in our relay at about 2:37 and rounded out her 5.6 mile run around 53 minutes!

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We got some sweet trophies for being the 1st place finishers in the female relay category. Okay, we were the only team, but I think we still deserved our awards!

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Funny fact: we were originally in the coed relay category, which I only discovered after remembering what happened at Gasparilla when I was placed in the male standings because of my name. We got them to change it before the times were posted! Phew…remind me to always register under my middle name from now on! 🙂

These ladies were so much fun to do this race with and I hope we’ll do another one soon! It was so much fun for me to be swimming again 🙂

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When I got home, Evan had cooked me some “Triathlon Pancakes“! How good do these look? He makes pancakes every weekend with Arrowhead Mills Oat Bran Pancake mix, oatmeal and ground flax. Yum!! I had some organic raspberries on the side 🙂

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Okay, now onto my Blog Name Announcement!! (look at the bottom of my shirt)

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What do you think?? I love my new blog name! I hope you’ll join me on August 3rd for my first post on www.greensforgood.com!

Until then, I’m off to Washington, DC! See you August 3rd.

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