I completed my second ever triathlon on Saturday up in Perryville, MD (North of Baltimore right on the Chesapeake). They had an international distance and sprint distance - since I only signed up 2 weeks ago and hadn't been in a swimming pool in over a year, I decided to go for the sprint.
I snapped the stinking valve off of my bike tube while I was pumping up my tires the night before the race, so I got to spend the evening changing my very first flat tire. It was harder than I thought it would be, but now that I've done it once, I feel much more comfortable going out on my bike knowing that I can handle it if I ever get a flat tire.
The morning of the race, I woke up extra early to make sure I got up to the race on time. When I was halfway there, I realized I had forgotten my bike helmet, so made an emergency stop at Wal-Mart to pick one up. (It's hot pink. I kind of love it.)
The race was pretty awesome. We swam in the Chesapeake, and the water was incredibly choppy so after about 30 seconds I was already pretty pooped. Don't worry, after I got warmed up I felt much better. I also realized that I am not a huge fan of the wave start since throughout the whole swim I would take about 3 strokes and then plow into somebody. But it kept me from getting off course like I did last year!
I learned from last year and actually ran to the transition zones instead of taking my time and walking. Apparently that's what you're supposed to do when you're racing.
I think this was the most fun I have ever had in a race. I decided that I am going to do a half ironman next spring. I think there is one in The Woodlands that happens to be the same week as my break from school! If I can find one out here, though, that would be even better.