I’m in! It’s official, come August I’ll be swimming 1500 meters in the Hudson, then cycling 40k on Manhattan’s West Side highway, and finally running 10K in Central Park for the New York City Triathlon. Admittedly there was never any doubt that I would get in the NYC Tri. Ben very kindly made arrangements with the organization to transfer his free entry (he volunteered one year as the Mile 4 water captain) over to me. Ben will be volunteering once more. I was supposed to do my first tri (sprint) this past summer at Musselman, but I had my first DNS because I was in Russia working.
I can’t swim worth a darn. I’m a lousy cyclist. I’m a decent runner, but not when I’m tired. Yeah, this will be fun.
By the way, the NYC Tri is infamous for swimmers who used noodles to survive the swim portion in 2011. Apparently that year they had even more swimmers than usual who didn’t know how to swim and freaked out about being in open water. Even with wetsuits on, the panicked “swimmers” needed noodles. You can see it here. After seeing this, my goal for the swim portion is simple: Don’t use a noodle.