On June 23rd I completed the inaugural Jump! Aquathlon. I wanted to support the race because it was being put on by my friends Brian Long, John Hill and Brian Wrona. These are great guys and I did not want to let them down.
The race began with the athletes jumping into the San Diego Bay from the Lord Hornblower Cruise Ship to begin the 1.5K (0.93 mile) ocean swim. The water temperature was relatively warm – probably 70 degrees. It was a little choppy and the swim became longer for each successive age group. After the race I heard that the ship was drifting further and further from the 1st buoy making for a progressively longer swim. I was part of the 8th out of 9 waves to jump in so chances are my swim was a few hundred meters over 1.5K. That just meant I was getting my money’s worth. I came out of the water in 5th place with a time of 30:33. The swim was definitely long!
Following the swim was a 10K (6.2 mile) run on a 3 loop run course at the Chula Vista Marina. I had not run this far for 4 months so the run was going to be a challenge. Thankfully the course was pancake flat. Somehow I managed to complete the run in 47:32. I finished the race with a time of 1:19:24, placing me 7th out of 16 men in the 50-59 age group and 39th out of 135 overall.
This year I have been hampered by plantar fasciitis so it was just good to be back participating at an event with my friends. It’s great to compete and it’s always fun to end up on the podium. I’ve always said that everyone who participates is a winner. I was never going to come close to the podium given my current fitness, but I did feel like a winner.