|Lobsterman Swim Start|
Lobsterman olympic distance triathlon is tomorrow. I am psyched, it is a beautiful and well run race…you should do it! There are a few things about this race that are on my mind…
I have a completely irrational fear of getting eaten by a shark….
I have a few irrational fears that are
kind of completely ridiculous. Like the ocean for example. Well, not the ocean, but the things in the ocean. I just don’t like to swim where I am part of the food chain or where things can do things like bite, sting, or eat you me.
I am not an ocean person. I am glad it is there, I appreciate its beauty, but I do not really care to spend time in it. I like to watch it from my house. Like on TV where the sharks can’t eat me.
I told you it was a completely irrational fear.
This might seem strange for someone who will throw herself off a 10 foot drop on a river riding an inflatable dragon. I understand the river, it flows downstream, unless it is going upstream due to an obstruction (See? It totally makes sense). I don’t understand how oceans work. The currents seem to go everywhere and there are big hungry things in there that want to eat
OK, enough of my irrational fear, you get the picture. I plan to swim fast as I can, staying in the middle of the group so the sharks can pick off the faster and slower swimmers.
The water is F-ing cold….
Another beef I have with the ocean. It is cold, salty, and murky. I can deal with the cold actually. The salty and murky kind of freak me out. Mostly the murky. Sharks like murky water. But they don’t like cold water much, so I may be in luck.
How cold you ask? Let me see…I was wondering too, so I checked the buoy temperatures in the waters surrounding the race.
Lower Harpswell Sound – 59 degrees
Casco Bay – 58 degrees
Central Maine Shelf – 57 degrees..WTF?????
I quit looking because it kept getting colder on every buoy I checked. So high 50’s – Ironman Saint George temps I believe.
There is free beer at the end for racers…Need I say more?
The Swim – Goal 30 minutes (last year I did 31:54)
The Bike – Goal 1hr 25 minutes (last year I did 1:29)
The Run – Goal 57 minutes (last year I did 57:14)
Goal Time: < 3 hours and not get eaten by a shark (last year 3:03:42, no sharks)