Hey. when are you done with school for the year. June? Will you be coming back to this area once you are done for the summer? Anyhow, I was just going to ask you if you would be interested in joining our tri team for the summer or whatever?
About the O'side swim...Keep in mind that everybody's "cold" temperature is a little different. If you're swimming the Pacific this winter that's one thing. If you're strictly pool swimming then that's another. It was 58 or 59 last time. To me that's cold but not totally unbearable. I worried a lot about it until I did a local tri club event in December down here in 59 degree water and realized that with a wetsuit and silcone cap under the 'official' cap, it was doable and not too, too bad. Adrenaline certainly helps! If you do neoprene, even better. Do some swims with it to be comfortable.
The swim takes off in waves of ~200 and you have about 3 minutes to swim out to the start line 50 or so yards from shore. There's no other warmup. As soon as you get in, take water into your wetsuit so you can begin warming that layer of water. And get your face wet immediately so you aren't shocked at the start. One more hint that I'll tell everyone when we get closer to the race: take old socks and old flipflops that you can wear while you stand in the pre-race staging line that you can throw away just before you get in the water.
Hi Ryan! Saw your post on doing Oceanside and IMAZ2010. Congrats onaiming at both. I did both in '09...my first for each distance. I felt like Cal 70.3 was a good preparation for IMAZ. They are very far apart so I hope you find other events to do in between. I know there are some good, helpful people in both groups so reach out when you need info or support, even if you have people closer to home that you can turn to.
lol ok then. well rest up between now & when you come home & we can go out for a few workouts. my IM training training began thsi last Monday. there is nothing like swimming @ 5am & biking/running in the evening. lol