Friday, June 06, 2014
This is the end of the swim - we started somewhere way out in the brilliant blue after jumping ship.
You can see the ship in the background and i'm guessing this picture is after we were all on board and heading out to sea. These are judges and the organizer of the event.
Package pickup was at the ferry terminal, making it super nice for the Canuneses not having to spend the night on Isla but for us that was the whole point. i had rented a luxury house for a fraction of its usual cost as it was brand new on the market (which reminds me, i need to post a review...). it had 4BR, 4BA, laundry, garden, terrace and ocean view (though a block away). It was gorgeous. Once we got on the island I tried talking the girls into walking to the house but considering we had Little Clue where to go and it heavy luggage I finally put the girls in a taxi and jumped on my bike behind them and raced to the house from the ferry building. the taxista was very considerate and waited for me when he needed to and we found the place pretty easily. He definitely earned his tip.
i had the triathlon the next day so i left the girls to sleep in and headed off, not exactly sure where i was going as i had missed the junta the night before and being a little clueless to begin with. I figured the island was small enough I'd likely run into it at some point on my bike so i just followed my nose. luckily there are very few roads on Isla Mujeres and i really could NOT have gotten lost. I headed south and before I knew it stumbled upon the start. YAY! This was a really fun event. It was pirate themed and started by swimming 50 m into a stiff current and then boarding a pirate boat.
)Who's got a white belly??? hanging out at the beach close to our house with the girls before the boys got there.)
The boat finally headed out to sea and WAITERS CAME BY AND SERVED US DRINKS!!! and then we finally made our way to the jumping off point. Boys jumped off to start the triathlon and like usual, the ladies were last. anyway it was super fun and gorgeous water but weird currents. I was hoping be one of the first ones in but once i finally figured out where to land the swim (again, going to the junta would have been a good idea) I was surrounded by females. After heading out on the bike i was shocked to be told at each bike checkpoint that I was the 2nd female.
I didn't really expect my lead to stay through the run as absolutely everyone there was younger than me. i figured the women behind me would likely run me down as my run is, to say the least, not my strong point but i held on and kept watching and watching for someone to blow by me and ended up doing 27 minutes for my run - fastest for me - and took 2nd overall. the run was GORGEOUS as we ran down the coast the the southernmost point and out onto the rocks and ruins before heading back. very strangely they didn't award overall but only by category. go figure - my only chance to win an overall placing and they didn't award overall - just age category. the afterparty was grand with a lovely catered buffet!!! i'd come back for this one easy peasy.