|The bike course!|
I signed up for Ironman Cozumel and it would be my 10th Ironman. I signed up just a few months before the race because I was on a high after a good Ironman race at Maryland. I was hoping to qualify for Kona since my previous race was a good one and I placed 5th in my age group at Ironman Maryland. I had been having some issues with my foot but I figured since it didn’t bother me during my Maryland race I would just do a minimal amount of running leading up to Cozumel. The plan was to give it some rest after Cozumel.
I arrived in Cozumel Thanksgiving Day and the race was on Sunday. I had plenty of time to adjust and get settled. I went alone so I opted to travel with a company called Endurance Sports Travel. They are great to travel with when doing a race because you don’t have to worry about all the details. They take and pick you up from the airport and races. Going to Mexico for the first time and being alone I was thankful to have them.
I arrived in Cancun and had to take a ferry to Cozumel, which is about a 45-minute ride. The day I arrived there was a cold front and it was extremely windy. The ferry trip was like a picture from a movie because it was a barf-fest. So many people got seasick and were puking in these green bags the attendants were passing out. About half of the passengers in the area I was in were a lovely shade of green, grey and white. I felt bad for them because if this was your honeymoon, romantic vacation, or Ironman vacation this was probably not a good way to start it. I didn’t get sick but I was definitely uncomfortable for most of the ride and very thankful when it was over.
Saturday we went to the practice swim and the water was really beautiful, clear, and about 80 degrees. It was perfect and we were supposed to have a current, which was going to make for a fast swim. Ken from EST told us to swim about 100 yards to the right (outside) of the buoys for the best current. The morning of the race the guys on the paddleboards said the current had changed and we should swim to the left of the buoys. I did swim inside the buoys and ended with a swim in just under an hour, which was my fastest Ironman swim.
|On the bike!|