At the Pictou County YMCA Triathlon at Melmerby Beach, Nova Scotia on Sunday, I entered the Try-A-Tri distance which was a 300M swim in the cold and choppy Northumberland Strait, a 8km bike ride, and a 2km run. I had been worried about the swim and was even moreso when I saw the chop. I struggled on the first 2 legs of the triangle-shaped course and decided to flip on my back on the third leg. This made it much easier and was just as fast. I came out of the water 8th out of 16 competitors.
I passed 2 people in the transition and then once on the bike, my thoughts were to take it steady and slow for the 4km climb up the hill and away from the beach and not coast on the 4km back. I passed 3 more competitors putting me solidly in 3rd.
I came out of the run transition still in 3rd, but was quickly passed by a fast runner whom I had no chance of staying with. I concentrated on maintaining my position and in the end I was able to cross the line in 4th at 47:16 -- 1st in my age group.
This triathlon is something that I intend to keep doing every year for a long time. There was a man in the Olympic distance who was 73! There was a woman in the Sprint distance who was totally blind. I really need to work on my swimming and running, and hope to win at this distance next year.