Trisport Canada Milton Try-A-Tri Race Recap: Part 1

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 6, 2010


First, the good news: We are ALIVE.

Second, thank you for your encouraging comments and tweets yesterday and today!

Third…the recappart 1…because you know I am too chatty for just 1 part! :whistle:

Let’s just say I had a wee bit too much caffeine this morning! I turned into a crazy ninja before Eric’s eyes.

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5 hours sleep + Adrenaline + a couple cups of green tea = Do Not Operate Heavy Machinery.


I may have let out a few rawrs and growls. Two necessary acts when you are scared. I’ve heard the open water can smell your fear!

The weather was probably the worst it could have been! Hard rain, cold, and wind.


The parking lot was really far from the start area, so we had a long walk to our transition and got fully soaked in the process. Go big or go home, right? :lol:

Finally we made it to our transition area!


My arms were already sore and tired from hauling the heavy garbage bag of gear and the bike.


Soggy clothes!



Thankfully we put our bags (with our gear) in black garbage bags to keep all the rain out. It worked perfectly!

After racking our bikes, we headed to get our time chip and number mark-ups. We waited in the pouring rain and got colder and colder!


On the left arm goes your race number and on the left leg goes your age!

Peeling off the wet clothes to put on my wetsuit was the second worst part of the day. I was absolutely freezing. At this point Eric and I were both shaking from the cold.

The rain also made the wetsuits hard to put on! 


POP QUIZ: Do you notice anything wrong with my wetsuit in this picture?


If you guessed that I put my wetsuit on BACKWARDS…you win!

I had the sleeves on and everything and I went to reach for the zip cord in the back and I realized I put it on the wrong way. Eric and I laughed so hard. I guess my practicing yesterday didn’t do me any good after all.

After an embarrassingly long time, I was suited up! It’s a good thing we got there over 1 hour early.

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The wetsuit was so nice to have. As soon as we put it on we felt much warmer.

Then we bumped into our friend Brenna!

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She deserves a medal for being a spectator in this weather. All of the spectators do!

Then it was time to head down to the lake of doom

The Warm-Up

As planned, we got into the water for a warm up swim! To our surprise, the water felt SO WARM compared to the wet & cool air. It was actually warmer to be IN the water than out of it. This was the opposite of yesterday, when the air was much warmer than the water felt.

We warmed up for about 10 minutes, with many other try-a-tri participants doing the same thing. During the warm-up, we felt very confident…even more so than yesterday. I thought we had this swim in the bag!

Below is a picture of the try-a-tri swim course which is 375 metres. The yellow line that I drew depicts our loop around 4 orange buoys (the two on the left I had to draw in because this picture was taken after all of the races were finished). I will get to the red X in a minute…


As I mentioned, we were in WAVE #1 which was male and females between the ages of 20-29. I have no idea how many there were in our wave…maybe 100 or so?

The Race Begins

Off went the horn and Eric and I were in the middle of the pack. We were instantly swept into the group of swimmers. I was kicked a couple times as was Eric and later Eric told me that someone actually held onto his leg at one point! It was utter madness. We swam, and we swam fast, mostly keeping our head up to see the people (aka FEET!) in front of us. I felt like I was swimming quite strong despite all of this.

Then, suddenly, the Red X hit.

The Red X hit at around 75 metres into the swim.

I started to panic.

I looked at the distance ahead of me and I started to hyperventilate- I started breathing very fast, much faster than necessary. I was breathing so hard it felt like my heart was going to pound out of my chest. Swimmers were passing me left and right and I was falling to the back of the pack quickly.

My eyes darted around to Eric, who was a bit ahead of me, and he started to struggle too. I said to myself, “I don’t think I can do this, I need to stop….I need to get out of this water asap.” I couldn’t believe that the swim was going so horribly wrong after just 100 metres.

We gave each other a pep talk and tried to calm down and stay positive. We went on our backs to float for a bit and all I could hear were my sharp gasps for air. Other swimmers around us struggled and many of them floated on their backs too. Eric and I decided to take as long as we needed, but we both agreed that we didn’t want to quit or to hold onto a canoe unless absolutely necessary. We were determined to carry on and we proceeded to make our way around the first buoy in slightly better spirits.


We kept telling each other, ‘You are doing good’ and ‘almost half way!! yawhoo’ and we mostly stayed within about 5 metres from each other, with Eric often ahead of me. I used any stroke I could, alternating between freestyle, breaststroke, doggie paddle, backstroke, and just floating on my back. My legs felt so weak and I could barely kick to support myself in the water. I think this is partly why I got so tired- my legs just weren’t doing their part!

I would not give up, but man oh man, I was going SO much slower than I thought I would.

Around the second buoy, some male swimmers from WAVE #2 (30-somethings) flew by us! Each of the 3 waves were 3 minutes apart and the men flying by us looked so strong. This started to freak Eric and I out a bit more because not only were we in the back of our pack, but the second wave was hot on our trail. We kept on and did our best…and we gave each other lots of pep talks along the way.

After the 4th buoy, the end was in sight, but the shore seemed so far away. I felt like I was slowing down with each minute. With around 50 metres to go, Eric got a second wind and began rocking his freestyle stroke at a pretty good pace. Go Eric!

I, on the other hand, could barely do the breaststroke…but I kept on. I would NOT quit. Eric got out of the water probably 10-15 seconds before me.

One piece of advice I remembered is to swim until your stomach basically touches the sand. Otherwise, if you stand up too soon, you waste precious energy trying to run through the water. I swam on my side until I was only about 1.5 feet deep.

I stood up out of the water and it was possibly one of the proudest moments of my life. I didn’t care that I was among the last of my pack to exit the water or that I struggled…all I cared about was that I did what I could at that moment. I said to myself, Ange, you did it girl!

I caught up to Eric and we gave each other a huge HIGH Five and gave each other a little congratulatory squeeze. It was a proud moment for both of us. We dedicated this swim to my sister Kristi who has a BIRTHDAY today!!! Happy Birthday Kristi! Sorry we didn’t get 1st place for you. :lol:

We finished with a time of 12:54 mins. for the 375 metres, which is an average of 3 mins and 27 secs per 100 metres. It honestly felt like so much longer than that, I can’t even begin to tell you. I thought we were in the water for 20 minutes at least!

We made our way to the transition area to take off our wetsuits and prepare for the bike leg

The bike & run legs will be coming up in part 2 tomorrow morning. This gal needs to go relax on the couch with a good chick flick!

I also need to find chocolate, oodles and oodles of chocolate.

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OSGMOM June 6, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Congrats to you and Eric. My heart was skipping beats today just thinking of what you and Eric had to accomplish & I tried very hard not to think about it! I was on the edge reading Part 1 and can’t wait for Part 2. Get lots of R&R.


Jocelyn June 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm

omggg girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That sounds EPIC! You FINISHED .. you and eric! That is all that matters! Way to go! I so can’t wait to read more!! ENJOY YOUR CHOCOLATE!!!


Brie (The Fit Bride) June 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Great job! Open water swimming scares me so much–I love the IDEA of doing a Tri, but I don’t know if I’m brave enough for the swim.


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

If I can do it, you can do it! Trust me, I am a nervous nelly! haha


Kelly June 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Yay! You rock! I am so proud of you for not giving up! You are inspiring me to try my first tri!! You go, girl!!


Miriam June 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

You go girl (and guy) ;) !! I was outside today biking under cold and pouring rain. It was Le tour de l’île which is a yearly event : 50 km biking through the city, + 10 km to go to the start and the same to get back (make it 70 km). I was soaking wet but very happy now. I feel you :)


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

Good job!!


Eunice @ Food4Fit June 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Congrats on getting through that rough swim! I bet having Eric there for support was helpful, as I’m sure you were for him too. Can’t wait for part 2!


Jill June 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Yay Angie & Eric!!!! I can’t believe you did it in less than 13 minutes!! I would most definitely have been in there for 20+. Enjoy your day of rest and chick flicks. I’m looking forward to the rest of the recap tomorrow!


Sarah June 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm


Good job on finishing the open water swim! When I did my first open water swim (even as a swimmer growing up swimming in numerous lakes) it’s still scary-so it’s awesome that you fought through your panic to finish!!

You totally deserved oodles and oodles of chocolate maybe while watching Chocolat??


Lin June 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Congratulations, Angela!!!! Everybody who follows your blog is so proud of you… you guys are inspirational. Not only have you accomplished the huge physical challenge ahead of you, but you did something that is possibly the hardest thing EVER for any human being… facing your fear with courage and spirit and coming through it. Outstanding job! :)


Allison @ Food For Healing June 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

good job, proud of you! can’t wait to hear the rest of the recap.


Kristina June 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm

WOO HOO ! you guys are EPIC ! congrats !!


aisha June 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm

You are awesome. Seriously awesome, you and Eric. Well done and I can’t wait to hear about the rest of it. And aww that is so cute on the wetsuit thing.


Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt June 6, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Congrats! You should be so proud of yourself for making it through the rough patch. You set a great example!


Ellene Quais June 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Want to do marathon but am all insecure without makeup/wet hair! ahhh! both at once?!

good JOB not giving up!
is amazing!
tre bien!


Bridget June 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm

You guys should be so proud of yourselves – you rocked it! You didn’t give up, even when it got difficult. Make sure to rest up well with some nice chocolate (perhaps chocolate covered raisins?)

Can’t wait for part deux!


Monica Ptaszynski June 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Congratulations to the both of you! You two did amazing! It would have been a quick decision to grab onto that canoe, but you both pulled through. You are so strong!
I can’t wait for part two and three :)
You deserve all the chocolate you can get!
Wooo! So …. epic!


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinnt Jeans June 6, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Congratulations! The weather did totally suck this morning which only makes you guys that much more awesome for doing this!


Kara @ MyWellnest June 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

You did it!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait for Part 2!


Bethany @ More Fruit Please June 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Wow, your race recaps are always so gripping! I actually felt the prickling of tears starting to form while reading your story! WAY TO GO!!! I’m so happy that you had Eric with you. That must be a wonderful feeling to have accomplished this together! :-D


Nancy June 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm

YAY ANGELA! You did it!!!!

I have no idea if you even knew who I was – but I was there cheering you on in the transition today!! (I couldn’t remember Eric’s name for the life of me.) I even got to snap a picture of you, except by that point you both were way ahead of me – so it’s not a very good one haha!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:27 am

YES! I recognized you…you were amazing! You don’t know how much the words of encouragement helped!


Nancy June 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I’m really glad! I was SO excited.

Every time anyone I know is in a race, I try and think of something really encouraging to say. That is, until I see them. All my thoughts fly out of my head, I get all excited and wave my hands (like I did for you both LOL) and say YAAAHH! My Boyfriend whizzes past me so fast that I always forget to say stuff. Finally, yesterday I chased him up that mucky steep hill after he was on the bike yesterday and finally shouted out “Kill that hill” instead of ‘way to go” :) haha so something different!


Natalie @ Keep It Sassy June 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm

You survived the lake of doom! That weather sounds absolutely awful, but it makes everything even more impressive! Can’t wait to read the rest of your recap. Hopefully the sun makes an appearance!


Deanna June 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Congratulations! They’ll get easier, I promise. The first open water swim in a race is always ridiculously nerve-wracking. If you figure out where to seed yourself at the start it is SO much easier. Middle of the pack = toughest place to be. So – pat yourself on the back for doing an OWS from the toughest possible starting position!

I can’t wait to hear about the bike and run parts.


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:27 am

In retrospect I think we should have started at the back!?


Deanna June 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm

It depends – had you not panicked, would you have been last out of the water? Then, yes, start at the back. But, if you feel like you would have been “in the mix” coming out of the water, I’d say start at the side. If you prefer to sight/breath from one side over the other, make sure to start on the side where it’ll be easiest to sight as you breath. For example, I breath/sight right (most comfortably). So, I start on the left side of the pack. Then, I can sight off the pack, but have “space” around me. Make sense?


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm

That actually makes perfect sense to me! We were definitely in the middle…should have known. Oh well, that is why it is a tri-a-try I guess! =) I breathe best on my right so I will keep in mind about starting on the left net time. Not that I am committing to a next time just yet though! haha ;)


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Oops I meant TRY-a-TRI :) I guess tri-a-try also works in my case.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Yay! You made it! I’m sorry the swim was pretty rough but you still made it!


Melissa Cari @ Miles for Markets June 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Congrats Angela and Eric! I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the rest! :)


[email protected]:// June 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Your mom’s comment is so cute and the fact that she has probably been waiting for that post all day since she was the first to comment. Love mom’s they are the best support.


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

hahaha I know, I love her.


theemptynutjar June 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

u guys are so cool.
its neat that u show such great enthusiasm for life for others to look up to.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 6, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Oh wow… GO YOU!!! That’s AMAZING!!!!!! I would be scared out of my mind for an open water swim!


Jessica @ Jessica Balances June 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Congrats!!! To both of you! :) Can’t wait for the second part – until then, enjoy some chocolate and some REST!


Melissa June 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I am training for my first tri and my boyfriend does 1/2 ironmen competitions for breakfast so to say the least I am intimidated wont have a partner to help me along the way….However, your story is really inspiring to me- the swim portion is real and human and that is what makes it so incredible!! You are awesome and I think I am a little too!!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:29 am

Goodluck with your training! That is amazing that your boyfriend does 1/2 ironmen comps…WOW…I can’t imagine.


Liz June 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Congrats! You are so awesome!
I have been checking your blog all day for a recap!
I live in Europe (Belgium) so I’m about 6 hours ahead of you (I think). So I had to wait a looooong time. (I was probably already waiting before you even started to race :D)


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:29 am

hahaha aww that is so sweet!


Stacy (StacyGrowsHealthy) June 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Congrats on getting through the swim!


Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit June 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Congrats on getting through the swim – that’s HUGE! You know you’re a rockstar!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Angela – I am so proud of you and Eric. I had EXACTLY the same experience in my first tri – and wanted to give up so bad. But I kept swimming (albeit backstroke?!) and when I reached the beach I have never felt so proud and happy! Just know that this is how many people feel during their first tri – and the important thing is that you kept going!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:29 am

So it does get easier??


Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Angela – I am so proud of you and Eric. I had a very similar experience in my first tri – where I panicked in the swim. I wanted to give up – but told myself to keep swimming (albeit back strole / side stroke) and the moment I reached the beach was one of the happiest moments of my life. please know that so many people have this experience during their first tri – and the important thing is that you kept going. You rock girl!!
(Ps – I posted this before but it didn’t work so sorry if it shows up twice!!!)


Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm

yay! So glad you made it alive! haha. I knew you would of course. Glad you had eachother to get through it.


Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

OMG congratulations to both of you!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited!! The one part ya’ll were scared the most for is over- and you dominated it despite the struggles. You go, girl! (and guy!)


Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope June 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

omg dude! So amazing. But I have to say, just reading this is giving me major anxiety for my first tri’s. ugh the open water sucks. swimming sucks blaaa


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

Don’t worry, it will be fine…trust me. If we can do it, you can do it!


Lizzie June 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I just had some low fat chocolate yoghurt with some choc chips thrown in for good measure – want some? :)

SUPER AMAZING EFFORT!!! Can’t wait to read about the rest of it!!


Tamara June 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Ohh I can’t wait to read part 2. Congrats to you two!!!!


Michelle @ Eatingjourney June 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I think that the swimming portion was the hardest for me as well when I first started out. I think it’s because 1. It’s not something that you normally do in a race situation 2. You are getting kicked 3. I feels like you don’t have your own space.

Swimming gets at the mental toughness area of your brain that I don’t think that running and/or biking can. It’s weird. You actually have to be in your own personal zone and unaffected by others ‘getting into it’. It’s the area that I’d work on the most again, mentally, because I do had a hard time. I remember panicking and I think that it’s normal. Good on your for NOT giving up.


Susan June 6, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Oh my gosh. You just described my own swim experience from my sprint triathlon last summer!! It was utter madness at the start (someone swam ON TOP of me). And then I panicked about a quarter of the way in. At least when you panic running or cycling, you can still perform the activity while your breathing is irregular. But it’s impossible to swim when you’re hyperventilating and swallowing water. I remember burping up a lot of water after the swim leg of my tri :P

SO proud that you didn’t give up!!! And so happy you and Eric had each other for encouragement. Hopefully the final two legs were a little more stress-free!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:31 am

Oh yea I remember choking on lots of water too! I must have been a real sight…hahaha


Devon (Run Sleep Rinse Repeat) June 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Great job on the swim portion of your tri!


Ashley June 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm

First of all. Freaking love the morning photos!!!! LMAO! Girl, just by your description it sounded like you were in the water for an hour! I’m so glad you guys stuck with it…sounds like an amazing experience to have with Eric. Can’t wait to hear about the rest. Hope you get some good r+r+chocolate today…congrats on getting past the swim!!! The conditions sounded terrrrible.


Sana June 6, 2010 at 5:51 pm

You and Eric are so amazing! You support each other sooo much! It is amazing!!!


joyce June 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Great Job as a team supporting each other, that had to be strength when you needed it! I am going to do a sprint tri in August and the swim is the part that scares me the most! Like one of your other commenter said, the breathing is a bit more critical in the water! Awesome job, I was thinking of you both this morning!


Camille June 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Congrats! You guys are awesome!


Alycia @ Fit n Fresh June 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Congrats girl! I’m so proud you kept at it and didn’t quit! You’re definitely an inspiration. I’ve actually decided to do my first try-a-tri because of you (you can bet I’m saving all your posts lol)


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

Congrats on signing up for a try-a-tri! You will do amazing :)


Nicole @ Making Good Choices June 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Congrats to you and Eric for finishing! I give you so much credit, you were SO brave!! You should be so proud of yourself!


Kristy June 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Fantastic job. I am still waiting to do my first tri and mainly because the swim scares me. I am taking lessons right now actually.

I can’t wait to hear about the next 2 legs :)


Diana June 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm

You go girl! You must be SO proud! Congrats to you and and your hubby for finishing! Way to go! :)


Natalie June 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Congrats! You did great!
Haha. Now I feel inspired to do a triathlon.
Enjoy your chocolate, you deserve it. :)


Lauren June 6, 2010 at 6:06 pm

The race is not necessarily for the swiftest, but for those who continue to swim. Congratulations to both you and Eric.


Angela (ohsheglows) June 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

Yes I totally agree with your comment…it is more about endurance and also mental endurance.


jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Congrats to you both!!!


Kelly June 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm

The swimming part of a tri is DEFINITELY a mental challenge- especially because it’s open water, it doesn’t have the same feel of “I can just walk” like you have during the run. I’m so proud of you for making it through, especially in that weather, yikes!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? June 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I’m so freaking proud of you!!!!! Congrats, and i can’t wait to read part 2!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Congrats on getting through it! That must have been awesome to have Eric by your side so that you could motivate each other. :)


Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 6, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Wow, what a huge struggle and achievement! I, for one, am inspire :)


Wei-Wei June 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I’m so PROUD of you! You guys were lucky to have each other. :D Congratulations! Can’t wait to read part 2. :)



Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life June 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

OMG Angela!! I soo know how you were feeling. Last October, Brenton and I went to Miami. From our condo balcony, overlooking the ocean, Brenton said “let’s try to swim to the sand bar, see that light area out there?” Well, we got down to the ocean, got in and started swimming… and I started to panic. All the open water, not being able to touch the bottom for a while- TERROR. But, Brenton was a lifeguard, and he helped me along. Once we did it, I felt so comfortable and proud of myself for going that far out! MAJOR PANIC, but afterward I was proud.



AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

wow that would be super scary swimming in the ocean…good for you for getting out of there safe!


bianka June 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm

You go girl! Swimming is one of the reasons I’m so intimidated by tri’s so the fact that you even signed up is more of an accomplishment than I can imagine lol


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Congrats to both you and Eric! That’s such a huge accomplishment!! – mentally and physically!


Lisa June 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Thanks for the photos and thorough recap. I’m officially terrified of the swimming part of a tri now!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

Don’t be scared of things you DON’T attempt in life. ;)


Heather (Heather's Dish) June 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

congratulations!!! i’m so glad you guys are alive, that you’re eating oodles of chocolate, and that i get to hear more about the rest of the try-a-tri soon!


Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Congrats! You guys are amazing!


Triathlonbabe aka Grace June 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Reading this blog today proves you made, you did it, you are a triathlete and it’s time to sign up for another! Woohoo, way to go Angie and Eric from your friend in Rowlett, Tx. Can’t wait to hear part 2 and 3! I’m counting the hours before I can go to your blog from work tomorrow and get to read those other wonderful parts of the race!

Sweet dreams my friends!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

Thank you for all of your wonderful support over the past few months :)


Veronica June 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Oh my goodness, I laughed out loud when I got to your wetsuit experience! ha Loved it! You are too funny and seem like a girl that any one could be friends with! love it!

I compete in Triathlons and I totally understand your moments of panic in the water. I’m a swimmer and my first race I panicked during. It is very intimating to have so many other swimmers swimming next, on top of, and around you. I’m so proud of you for not giving up! I also think it is fantastic that Eric did it with you!

I hope you loved your triathlon experience as much as I do and that you compete in many more!!!


Sarah June 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm

CONGRATS! That is a HUGE accomplishment! I was thinking of you today and wondering how it went. I’ve enjoyed hearing about your training since I’m planning on getting into triathalons next year.



Molly June 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm

You never cease to amaze me! You and Eric are so brave and STRONG! Can’t wait to hear about the rest. On that note- hope you’re getting some REST! Way to go on your accomplishment :D


Kelly June 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Way to push through your fear and panic! Congrats, and I can’t wait for the rest of your recap tomorrow!


Christine (The Raw Project) June 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Congrats, you’re so amazing! I think the cold rain would have been a bit much for me, so impressed that you not only braved it, but rocked it too!


sue June 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Congrats to you and Eric on the tri and for not giving up during the swim. You go, girl!


KatieTX June 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Your experience sounds so similar to my first tri! The water was cold, salty, and murky. I stayed in the back of the pack and just did backstroke because I was terrified to put my face in the dark water. I know exactly what you mean when on your back you could only hear your sharp breaths!! It is amazing how open water brings panic even if you are mentally prepared. I too felt like I was in the water forever! I did my 500m in 16 minutes and thought it was a lifetime! I bet you were so happy to get on the bike! Congrats! Triathlons are so mentally and physically tough!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

wow great job on your swim!! Luckily we didn’t have salt water too…but I can imagine how much MORE difficult that would be.


Miranda @ MirandasJeans June 6, 2010 at 9:16 pm

OMG congrats! I am so excited to hear about the bike & running portion. No doubt you rocked it! Your swimming recap makes me nervous for my Try-A-Tri. I hope that come the first week of July Lake Ontario will be warm enough for me to get out of the pool and start to practice in open water. Congrats again!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

You can do it!


Jen June 6, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Congrats on your tri Angela! The swim sounds so scary, but you did it! I am doing my first triathlon next weekend and I’m petrified of the swim!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

I just kept telling myself ‘what doesnt kill me makes me stronger’ and it got me through it!


MarathonVal June 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Wow, I am so impressed Angela. I’m deathly afraid of the water portion of a tri as I can barely swim a length of a pool right now, and I have SO much respect for you for accomplishing this today! Congrats girl!


Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Wow, that is incredible!! Good for you both!! You must be so proud. :) Yay for tenacity!



Kris June 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I am so honoured that you dedicated your first TRI to me!!! :) Way to go guys!!!


Hayley @ Breath of Fire June 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm

You and Eric make a great team! You can be goofy (backwards wetsuit, crazy pictures) but totally support each other and push each other w/ pep talks when needed. Love it!


Jolene ( June 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm

You are too cute!!!

I am so proud of you for sticking with the swim – you did FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Wow. Amazingness. It’s the moments like this, when you surprise yourself with your own personal strength, that you will remember for the rest of your life…I loved reading this. Congratulations on digging deep and going the distance. You go girl!


Danielle (Runs on Green) June 6, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Congrats!! I’m glad you didn’t give up :D


Amber K June 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Congratulations to you both! You certainly overcame those initial fears. =)


John June 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Congrats on fighting through your fears and finishing the swim and in pretty bad weather ta boot!! Looking forward to the next part.


Marina June 6, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Congrats to both of you!
The story scares me a bit, and I admire your courage!
Get that chocolate, and enjoy in every bite, you deserve it!


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Jennifer June 7, 2010 at 12:33 am

Congrats Angela and Eric! What a proud moment in your journey! Thanks so much for sharing it with us (the readers) I love how candid you are, it helps me put things in perspective and find the funny in my activities


Jenn (GH) June 7, 2010 at 12:39 am

Congrats to both of you!!!

I’m such a sap but I got teary eyed reading about your teamwork. :-)


Megan @ Sweet On June 7, 2010 at 2:15 am

Eee Ange! Yay! I just woke up and got online and thought, “THE TRIATHALON!” I can’t wait for parts two and three…you guys rock! :D


Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) June 7, 2010 at 4:13 am

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! you guys rock!!!!


faith June 7, 2010 at 4:31 am

Congratulations! You must be very proud!
Thanks for the full recap of the swimming portion. A Try-a-Tri is in my future and the swimming is already haunting me, especially the idea of getting kicked and climbed over! Good job sticking with it!


Faith June 7, 2010 at 6:36 am

A huge congrats to you and Eric — you guys did amazing! It must have felt phenomenal when you swam up to shore!

Happy Birthday to your sis! :)


Faith ( June 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Hi Faith, this is Faith from the comment right above yours. Just thought that was ironic.


Faith (An Edible Mosaic) June 8, 2010 at 6:11 am

Faith, I saw your name above mine and wondered for a second if I hit the “submit” button twice! :) It’s always fun to see someone w/ our name (because it’s really a pretty uncommon name!).


Lea June 7, 2010 at 6:44 am

Congratulations to the two of you! You definitely deserve to feel like a superhero after yesterday!


Veggielady4life June 7, 2010 at 7:16 am

I am so impressed! Congratulations! What an accomplishment… I’m anxious to hear about the rest of it!


jenna June 7, 2010 at 7:20 am

CONGRATS on finishing!! you are such an inspiration!


natalie June 7, 2010 at 7:30 am

i just started reading your blog and i love it! you are so full of positive energy and good vibes. congratulations on finishing the swim. very inspiring!


Helen June 7, 2010 at 8:00 am

This is why I only want to do a duathlon, no swimming allowed! You did so well, both of you. It must have been so good to have someone to spur you on. Congrats on making it round, when you said that you had made it I welled up!! (so pathetic) Can’t wait for the recap of the bike and run.


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

haha,….aww thank you! I too think a dualathon would be pretty fun!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

oops I mean duathlon


rachael June 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

What inspiring perservenece! The swimming aspect of a tiathalon seriously scares me. Hope you found enough chocolate:)


Therese June 7, 2010 at 8:48 am

You guys are AWESOME!!!!! Way to go on conquering the lake and continuing to finish regardless! That takes guts! Can’t wait to hear the rest!!!


Rachel June 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

Congrats! You two are amazing. I’m a swimmer, but I have to say the swimming part of the Tri-a-tri sounds scary!


Emily June 7, 2010 at 9:05 am

I’m going to add to the chorus above- I had the EXACT same experience two weeks ago during my first open water tri (and, come to think of it, during my first-ever tri too, which was only a pool swim). I don’t know what it is, but I just could NOT get myself to put my face in the water and breathe normally. I did backstroke for all 800 yards and didn’t care one bit. But from what I’ve heard, panic attacks in the water are really common. I have a friend who’s been a pro triathlete for about five years, swam all through college, and she had a panic attack in the water just last year (during an Ironman swim, no less).

I think the solution is more open water practices- I’m not really looking forward to it, but I’m determined to get more comfortable in the open water. You can do it too!


AngelaOSG June 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

Great story! That was SO me. I could not get myself to put my head in the water- I was breathing much too hard! I too abandoned all hope of using my much practiced freestyle stroke! haha funny how that works out! I was doing all kinds of crazy strokes. I would have loved to have a birds eye view of what I must have looked like. Ahh memories. Congrats for finishing your race! Also, I can’t IMAGINE doing an ironman!!!!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) June 7, 2010 at 9:18 am

Ugh, so sorry it rained on you! But CONGRATS on finishing!! Whoo!!



jenny (Green Food Diaries) June 7, 2010 at 9:59 am

congratulations angela and eric!!! yay!!! angela, those first three pictures made me laugh out loud. i hope you found oodles of chocolate afterwards :)


Crystal June 7, 2010 at 10:13 am

So inspiring! I’m looking to do my first tri sometime soon. My weakness and only fear is the swim!


Sami June 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Oh my goodness! You are amazing. Seriously! Way to inspire all of us to do MORE than we thought we could! :)


Lauren @ She's a Runner June 7, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I loved reading this recap! I found it very inspiring. For a really long time now, I’ve been pondering the idea of a triathlon, but I’m not much of a biker or a swimmer (so it sounds like a lost cause to me lol). But the try-a-tri looks like a really fun challenge, maybe I will be up to it in time for next year’s race season. I need to start getting more comfortable on a bike and in the pool, but I feel like there is actually a slight possibility of it happening now. Or maybe its just wishful thinking on my part? I guess I’ll find out either way…
Anyway, huge congrats to you and Eric! It is such an accomplishment that you finished and got through it, even when it got HARD. You must be so happy.


skinny latte June 8, 2010 at 4:39 am

Ange, I’ve so enjoyed reading about your tri experience – and I have to say reading about your swim I found myself nodding along because my swims were always the most stressful part of my tris and I had similar experiences to what you described here! Getting kicked, people grabbing on to your legs – it’s so random and scary, especially when you’re out in the ocean!! Well done to you and Eric for not giving up and just doing what you needed to do to get through it! xx


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