As it turns out I did not get kicked in the face during the swim. The swim was in Lady Bird Lake which runs through Austin. Due to a lot of rain this past week, the water had to be monitored to ensure it was safe to swim in. They decided it was just safe enough, so we swam in some pretty murky, brown water, but it actually didn't bother me at all - probably just nerves and adrenaline, because when I think about it after the fact, it was pretty gross, and pretty surprising that I didn't get kicked as you couldn't see another swimmer until you were right next to them.
Miles came in first in his division (Military and First Responders), because of course. I'm proud of him and all, but seriously dude, your first race?! I, on the other hand, left plenty of room for improvement, but my goal was to just finish. When we went back to pick up Finn from my sister-in-law's house, my three year old nephew asked to see my medal and asked "did you win, Caroline!?" I said, "well, I finished and that's kinda like winning."
Speaking of winning - they gave out free ice cream at the end - my kind of race!
My sweet friend Katie came out to cheer us on and stayed for the whole race. It was such a boost to hear someone calling my name during the bike and run - the miles on the run seemed to be especially long!
When we got home we went back and watched some Team Hoyt videos. A few years ago I heard about this father-son team. They have done 247 Triathlons, 70 Marathons, and numerous other races together. Dick, who is now in his 70's and still racing, pushes his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy from an oxygen deprivation at birth. If you are in the mood for a good cry, watch this. Their story is amazing and humbling. Equally humbling, was seeing how many para-triathletes and amputees competed in yesterdays race.
Overall we both had a really good experience and look forward to doing more in the future. Especially if it involves ice cream.