Lessons Learned

Last Sunday, I was to compete in the Pumpkinman Olympic Triathlon. Got my number and swag bag Friday night. Pack the car with bike and tri bag. But the strange thing was the weather, we had October fall weather at the end of August. The lakes dropped 10 degrees to 62 degrees. The last time I swam in extremely cold water, I had vertigo for couple days. The pond at triathlon in Maine was a toasty 69 degrees.

I arrive at the triathlon which my car showed air temperature 47 degrees.  Do to pond was warmer than the air, it had fog which delay the start 30 minutes. We were all standing on cold wet grass with our wetsuits on and bare feet. Yup we shivered! Now the swim finally starts. Follow my green hat friends to first buoy but another triathlete by accident hit my goggles. Triathlon is contact sport. My googles went up then down filled with water and my contacts felt they popped out. I finish the 2 loop swim but started to get cold on 2nd loop.

I come out of swim with air 54 degrees and shivering. My eyes are bloodshot from water goggles. Since I couldn’t stop shivering and my friends Anne and Kim were concerned, I DNF (Did Not Finish). With mylar blankets and hot water, it took me 30 minutes to somewhat warmed up. Latter I did find my contacts up my eyeball.

Lessons learned: Should have worn my flip-flops to keep me warm which were in the tri bag; Wear 2 swim caps: silicon cap first then goggles then triathlon wave swim cap. 2 swim caps would keep me warm and goggles not moving

Angela Naeth, Pro Triathlete said we need to find you another race. This race will not stop me from doing triathlons. This year, it was time for me to get healthy again. In December when I see the doctor, I will know more on my Vitamin D and condition of my kidneys. One stop working earlier year, maybe it is reviving itself.  My friends don’t keep me down long, now training for half marathons.

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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