Drying our wetsuits in between races!
After recovering as much as we could from the Mini Mussel on Saturday, Mike and I went to bed around 9:30pm and woke up at 4:40am. We wanted to get to the race site with enough time to pick up our timing chip for the race (which was the only thing we couldn't get the first day at packet pickup) and set up our transition areas.
When we got to the parking lot, we started to put air in our bikes' tires. I got mine taken care of and then Mike started to put air in his. All of a sudden we heard this loud hissing sound. I thought he had gotten a flat tire, but it turned out that bike pump's hose had a hole in it! Luckily, we were at a race so there were plenty of other people with a pump nearby and a man let us borrow his.
We saw our friends, Kirsten and Josh, while we were walking toward the transition area. Kirsten was volunteering at body marking and then later at the swim exit. She ended up body marking both of us, and she pulled my pants back up for me! True friend right there.
I saw a blog reader, Allee, at the body marking area (well really, she saw me!). She told me that because of my blog post about Musselman she decided to do the race! It is always nice to meet blog readers in person.
Part of the swim course in Seneca Lake
We got our chips and then went into transition to set everything up. While in there our friend, Greg, showed up. He was also doing the DoubleMussel and we all said we weren't sure how the day was going to go, but we'd do our best!
Everyone before the start of the race, thanks Kirsten for the photo!
The swim start for Musselman is in a different location than the swim start for the previous day's Mini Mussel. Our friends' tri club tent was set up right in front of the beach where we would be entering the water, so that was nice! We all got ready for the start and after a quick group photo it was time for Mike to get into the corral for the first swim wave.
Pretty soon it was time for my wave, the second wave, to get into the corral to wait for our start. Right before 7am we were told we could start making our way toward the start buoys and then Mike's wave took off!
A little before 7:05am we heard, "40 seconds to race start", and it was time to get ready for the final 70.3 mile victory lap of the weekend.
As soon as we took off, I tried to get into clear water. It didn't take too long, thankfully. Even though I really need to replace my goggles (they are really scratched and fog up right away), I was able to sight the buoys easily. The waves at the beginning of the swim were stronger than I thought they were going to be and I thought I was going to have a similar swim time to our 70.3 two weeks ago.
I got around the first turn buoy and was able to sight the next couple of "continue straight" buoys easily. I did stop for a second to make sure I was heading toward them as closely as possible once. I started to pass some of the swimmers from the first wave, but no one was blocking me thankfully. The waves were still really strong so I had no idea how I was doing.
The second yellow "turn" buoy appeared and I made the turn toward the canal where the swim for the sprint was the day before. The sun was a bit bright at this point, but I was able to see the orange buoy easily and got to the point where the sprint had started - I knew I only had about 10-11 minutes left of swimming!
I think we may have had some tailwind once we made the turn toward the canal and the waves subsided. There was one more turn buoy and after dodging a few men from the first wave, I made the turn toward the swim exit. There was one more big orange buoy off to the right (on the shore) and I think one guy thought he had to go around it and he ran into me for a second. Another female swimmer also got too close to me and after colliding briefly, I had clear water to the swim exit.
I saw the buoys marking the boat launch ramp and I kept swimming until my hand hit the bottom 2-3 times. When I popped up out of the water, I heard Kirsten yell my name! It was motivating to hear her cheer me on. I still had no idea how I had done and as I ran toward the transition area, I saw that I had finished the swim under 30 minutes! I really had no idea that I had swum that fast considering the waves and wind in the beginning.
I made the long run through the transition area and got my bike stuff on as quickly as I could.
Next up a 56 mile ride!
Swim Leg (1.2 miles) - Jamie: 29:30, Mike: 26:14
Transition 1 - Jamie: 2:11, Mike: 1:54