Having raced twice before in the past 7 days, I wasn't feeling too nervous. And the most nerve wracking thing about Alcatraz is the swim. I have doen the swim twice before and you have to be on top of your sighting. You have to look straight ahead at Sutro Tower, to end up at the Marina Green which is really far to the right. That is how quickly and strongly the current in the bay moves. And even though there are 2k other swimmers out there, you will never be next to anyone. Thankfully there are so many kayakers out there, including Mark and co! So good to see him before the start out in the water in his boat. You also will go through VERY cold patches. 55 degree water is already very cold, and then all of the sudden it's like "woah, who turned on the AC in here?!!". Thankfully, my Freak of Nature kept me warmer and comfier than ever before. I even got a few thumbs up on my suit and people wanted to know if it was everything it's cracked up to be. YES it is! OK, so off the boat we go, into the water and it's time to get down to business.
I was swimming OK, but kept wanting to sight and make sure I was on track and not going to overshoot my arrival and then have to try to swim AGAINST the current. Mission accomplished here, although the ride in was quite bumpy and slower than when I did it in 2008. The pros were also slow yesterday so knowing I wasn't alone was good. I kept getting picked up by a currrent and kind of surfed for a stroke until I could resume swimming again. Breathing to both sides is key to this race. I hit transition in 35:59 for the 1.5 mile swim, and was 13th amateur out of the water..onto the short
|Transition along the water|
|Post Race must of Dairy Queen!|