About a month ago I shared that I was getting ready to do my first triathlon (you can read about it HERE!) and if I haven’t said it already, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the wonderful words of encouragement and advice from those of you who have “tri-ed” before!
Well, race day is almost here (Saturday!) so I spent today packing and making sure I had everything ready to go!
In my previous post I mentioned I was hesitant to use a wetsuit for the swim since just the idea of a wetsuit makes me feel claustrophobic, but after doing some research about the water temperatures on Cape Cod this time of year (think the end of Titanic…) I re-thought that one.
I ended up renting a wetsuit from wetsuitrental.com. For the temperature water I’ll likely be seeing they recommend a full wetsuit (long sleeves), but considering it’s restriction of the shoulders/ arm area that makes me most nervous and I wouldn’t have much time to practice in the suit I decided to take my chances and order sleeveless. (I used a complicated equation to carefully weigh fear of panic attack from claustrophobia vs. uncomfortablness due to water temperature.)
It arrived today so I tried it on quickly to make sure it fit:
On dry land at least. I’m planning on jumping in the ocean and testing it out tomorrow before the actual event (and fingers crossed it doesn’t make me look too much like a tasty baby seal to the great white sharks of Cape Cod.)
I’ll write more about it after the race, but so far wetsuitrental.com has been great! You answer a bunch of questions on their site and their little wetsuit elves work their magic and choose the perfect suit and send it your way!
Random thought, but why do wetsuits only come in black?? I may look/ feel less baby seal like in say…pink!
Ok, sorry, back to business. I also stopped at the bike place to have them check out my bike before I headed up to the Cape.
I opened with, “so I have a triathlon this weekend…”, to which helpful bike dude replies, “and you waited until today to get your biked checked?!”
Me: “Yup. At least I’m here though right?”
Bike Dude: evil glare that clearly said, “your are a horrible, no good, irresponsible citizen of the biking community and you should be ashamed of yourself!”
Followed by: “The bike doesn’t look bad, is it pretty new?”
Me: “Yup, I’ve only ridden it like 5 times.”
Bike Dude: “And you’re doing a triathlon this weekend??”
Bike Dude: “You have a helmet, right??”
Me: (proudly) “Of course!” (duh, how stupid does he think I am?!?)
Bike Dude: “Your tires need a little air, did the bike feel slow?”
Me: “Umm…I just assumed that was more of an operator issue…”
Bike Dude: laughed! (Ha, I finally cracked him!)
So, my bike is ready to go!
Here it is!
So, I packed up my bike (shoved it in the back of my car because of course I don’t have a bike rack), my
baby seal costume wetsuit and the million other things I may or may not need as I swim, bike & run my way through 13.75 miles and headed to Cape Cod with Madison!
Tomorrow my triathlon partner in crime (also my Heartbreak Hill partner in crime) Patrick, will arrive and we’ll take those wetsuits for a test swim and I’ll take my new speedy “air in the tires” bike for a quick spin before we head over and pick up our race packets!
For now, I’m off to do a little light reading before bed!
And P.S. – still taking any last minute tips!
**Update! We took our wetsuits for a test swim in the ocean today! The water wasn’t quite as cold as I was expecting so I was totally comfortable in the sleeveless wetsuit!**