Run Right By, Won’t You?

April 18th

I cannot sprint like a Kenyan, but I can swim with the best of Arizona brats who grew up in fancy swim clubs. Last night’s race was a fun reminder of why I wish the swimming came last.

Let me paint the scene:
Me and 100 other folk waiting for the start of a two-lap swim around a Tempe Town Lake course. The other 99 (most with wet suits) are in the water. Me at the starting dock with my toes in waiting for the horn to start the race. I dive, I find my place in the pack, I emerge 20 minutes later or so in the first 20 or so folk. The advantage of not wearing a wet suit is apparent as I throw on my tennis shoes and sunglasses and take off. Soon enough I’m cruising through the out-and-back 1.8 mile course when I hear a set of feet behind me. A dude cruises by. Then another. Then another. Then it is a torrent of slower swimmers who’ve caught the hare and are flying past me in their fancy, sprinty, Kenyan ways.
I finished mid-pack and was pleased as punch; I swam and ran as hard as I could. I was so tired at the end I nearly puked, and considering these races provide some of the best male eye-candy in town, I’m really glad I didn’t. Instead, I pulled myself together and went out with a group for post-race happy hour.
Yet when I woke up this morning with two swollen pink eyes, I had to wonder if the dip in the city lake was worth the infection. It was a lot of fun but I am not going to be a happy camper if this morphs into another $50 spent on antibiotic drops for these wimpy peepers of mine.

Next up: Tri for the Cure on Sunday. It’s a sprint tri I’m doing as a relay with a couple girlfriends. And guess what? I’m doing the run. Thankfully I can hide behind a pair of sunglasses if necessary.

Happy weekend!


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12 Responses

  1. Awesome. You are so amazing. I feel like a big, fat slob just reading this post.

  2. Goggles?
    I’ve blown off my morning workout for the last two weeks – and next week doesn’t look good either. But then there’s not much eye-candy on my route. 🙂

  3. Woo-hoo! Good job!
    And I hope your eyes feel better..Good luck Sunday!

  4. You are so awesome and such an inspiration! I just caught up on your blogging and read about Africa!!!!!! Man oh man it all sounds so fantastic.

  5. HUGE congrats on a job well done!

    Girl, I’m not the fastest runner, either. I’m more of a slow-and-steady kinda gal.

    Hope your eyes clear up soon.

  6. You are so in shape and are always doing things for worthwhile causes! You get a big pat on the back, that’s for sure!

  7. Congratulations, nice swimming. That eye infection nastiness is supergross, though. There’s a lake in San Jose that hosts a triathlon every year, but I’ve never done it because it’s crammed with geese and there are supposedly these worms in their poop that burrow into your skin and die, leaving big red welts under your bathing suit. So gross. So I’ve never done the race and can’t understand why it’s so popular.

    Here’s to hoping your eyes are just sunburned!

  8. What are the chances of wearing goggle during the swim? I’ve never done an open water swim. With all the rain and wash from up river, I wonder what the water is like lately. I sail Town Lake and always smell funky after being in the water long enough to launch the boat. I haven’t sailed lately though.
    Do people wear long wet suits or shorties?
    One of these days I’m going to come to a race and cheer you on! In the mean time, thanks for letting us live the race through your eyes!

  9. I agree with Wendy! lol!

    Would goggles help? This I am asking of an athlete. Duh, you probably have already tried/use them.

    Hugs, because you are awesome!

    Lovin’ the bags

  10. HUGE congrats on a job well done! You are my idol. I’m so glad you share this stuff with us, I love hearing “reading” about it.

  11. Hope your eyes are better….nasty thing this eyes infection….rememebr it next time you register for a run&swim race…….A good weekend to you too.

  12. tasterspoon has me horking. Ewwww

    Hope your eyes are better soon, we’ve all had pink eye several times here and it really sucks!