Alright, so Trinona is this weekend. I definitely haven’t trained enough, but I’m ok with that. I’m going to just enjoy the morning and the event. I’m not out for a PR or to win. I want to have a great day, which should be everyone’s goal I think. The forecast looks a bit iffy as there is 50% chance of thunderstorms. Temps should be in the upper 70s. I’ll be packing the poncho and the umbrella!
This is my 5th year participating in Trinona. It started out as a very small, local event and since Life Time Fitness has purchased the triathlon it has grown exponentially that it has more of a “corporate” feel to the event. You can read more about last year’s event in my 2014 Trinona Race Report. I’m greatly looking forward to spending the weekend in my favorite Minnesota town of Winona. I lived in Winona for four years prior to moving to Rochester, and nothing against Rochester but I miss the small town feel. I love being able to travel anywhere in that town and see someone that I know. Trinona won’t disappoint as I know quite a few friends who are participating, and it will be so great to see them.
I’ve done two practices in the open water this spring at Lake Goodview which is just down the road from Lake Winona where Trinona will be held. I only swim in Lake Winona once a year during Trinona as it is weedy, murky, stinky and simply grosses me out. Lake Goodview has very few weeds, and while it gets a little “green” during the heat of the summer it’s a nice lake to train in. Post-swimming a group of my girlfriends and I get in a bike ride that involves some nice hill climbing.
The first open water swim of the season was a cold one. I doubt the water was even 60 degrees. Jumping in and swimming those first 100 yards was a shock to the system. It was difficult to keep my face in the water as my chest was needing a few minutes to adjust to the extremes, but I was finally able to settle in and get in a good 2/3 mile swim.
Last weekend a group from Rochester and I headed back to Lake Goodview, and this time my hubby came along with his own bike and a kayak! Let’s just say we looked like quite the outdoorsy Minnesotans on our trek to Winona.
Anyways, the water temp had improved greatly in the two weeks since I had last swim in there. The air temp was mid-50’s so the water felt warm. The hubby launched himself out on his brand new kayak that has been sitting in the garage all winter since I purchased it during Black Friday deals at Fleet Farm. He felt a lot better knowing that he could “save me” if I needed it while I was out swimming in the middle of a lake. It was nice to have him out there especially as I never know if anyone else I’m swimming with may need some support.
If you’re going to be at Trinona, make sure to say hi to the Dietitian That “Tri”s! I’d love to meet you!