I usually decide whether I'm going to do this triathlon 2 weeks prior on very little training, but this year, we were blessed with excellent weather all Spring, so I got a jump on training and actually trained on the course a few times prior to the race this year. I'm not a swimmer, so I do the side stroke in order to be able to breathe the entire time while watching the other swimmers so I can follow their direction and not have to keep sighting the boueys. My transitions are definitely slow trying to peel off the tight wetsuit while standing on tired shaky legs! My favorite part of course is the bike leg, since i'm slow in the swim, I have a great opportunity to pass a lot of people on the bike (which I know some of the will pass me back on the run) but it's still fun to see them and cheer them on with each passing. Triathletes are a wonderful breed of people, so much fun, and always friendly while still very competitive. This year I finished 3rd in my age group, just behind my friend Diana Bean of the Broome County Triathlon Club!