I'd like to think I'm a decent swimmer. If I was thrown into the ocean, I would fare better than Jack on the Titanic. However, I swim alone, for the most part, in a heated indoor pool at a health club. That all doesn't really count when it comes to triathlon.
For the uninitiated, triathlon swimming is a whole other ballgame. There are elbows and knees and grabs and pulls and rolls. It's filled with thrashing so severe my mother won't come down to the beach for a mass swim start.
Since most of my laps are logged in a pool, I met up with TriRight last night to make sure I still have the chops for triathlon swimming in preparation of Esprit de She, which is June 8. There's still time to register using code EDS16.
We hit Centennial Beach, which is a bit like a giant unfiltered pool. It's cold enough for a wetsuit, which I donned before ever trying out the water. Spoiler alert: wetsuit legal is still pretty hot. I stripped off the wetsuit after the warmup and decided I'd be faster in transition and swimming without it.
I am not a swimmer. I can tread water and all, but this practice made me feel ready to kill it next weekend. If you're unsure about your open water ability, I highly suggest setting aside Wednesday night to meet up with TriRight at Centennial Beach. It's only $3 to get into the pool and the practice with other swimmers is invaluable. I wish I could make it out there next week for another session of defensive swimming and triathlon strategy!