Monday, May 08, 2006


first tri of the season yesterday.
2-hour death march.
wanted top 3; finished 6th.

the silver lining:
a new appreciation for my real job, which does not involve swimming in squalid water, riding into a constant, inexorable headwind and running in slow motion.

i could never be a professional athlete.


fatmammycat said...

Well done, 6th is pretty bloody good, did you do the short or the long version?

finn said...
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finn said...

the short. if i'd done the half, ida put a bullet in my head in the first miles of the bike.

my friend J before the race (she was 4th).

me before the race.

the looks pretty much say it all. :)

fatmammycat said...

Wow,ha! You do look really anxious. But well done for finishing so high up. I am not the best swimmer in the world, I'm slowly getting better, but compared to the bike I'm brutal, so I appreciate a person who can swim well.

fatmammycat said...

I just had a look at the slide show, great turnout too, was the water freezing?

finn said...

thanks, cat!

"anxious" is an understatement. i was really afraid i'd barf up my breakfast before the swim even started. as it was, i had some chunky burps on the bike but generally kept my bowels in line.

the air was cold, which is why most opted wetsuits, but the water was warm -- due to the overabundance of rotting organic matter at the pond's bottom. my watch _still_ smells a bit off.

swimming is truly an art. have you ever watched thorpe's freestyle and phelps' fly? :sigh: so gorgeous.