Last time I did the Ft. DeSoto Tri (on a whim) I was talking to some of running buddies about how they could without a doubt do a tri. (Yes, I'm talking to you Marcia and Melanie). I explained that doing a relay may be a good way to try out a tri (HA!) to see how the experience is. Now, most of you probably know Marcia and know that she is a crazy-fast runner. Obviously, she would be holding down the run portion of a relay. Without a doubt.
We talked about it a little more, and decided that myself (swim), Benny B (bike), and Marcia (run) would do Longleaf as a relay. I have been swimming just about twice a week at the YMCA in order to train. I consider myself a decent swimmer, so I was actually really excited to just do the swim portion of a tri and really go all out.
Here is Team Sandbaggers before the race (thank you Patrick McCormick for the wonderful photography):
And you can't forget the AWESOME sign that Carrie's daughter Natalie made for us:
Laying 'em down!!!
Here I am entering the swim:
Coming out of the swim:
I honestly thought I might die in that lake. It was TERRIBLE. I drank a LOT of pond water. If there is something wrong with me down the road, I'm SO blaming it on the pond water.
Here is Marcia on the run: (BEAST mode!):
Ben and I after the race (yes, we are nerds):
And here is our winning team photo:
Overall, a super-fun race with a lot of local support. Thumbs up from me!