We started with a 750 meter swim in a beautiful lake. I was in the first of four waves. By the time I finished the swim, everyone but about five people had passed me. We're talking young teenage girls, old men, everyone! The swimming killed me. I should mention that I have had pretty bad back pain for over a month and I was getting a cold at the same time as the race (excuses, excuses).
After the swim I jumped on my (rental) road bike and headed out for the 17.5 miles through gorgeous North Carolina hills. I caught up with Mary and we chatted the rest of the way. The 5k run was the last part and I barely made it to the finish line. I was exhausted.
Trying on my swim gear. They marked both of my arms (166), both of my thighs, and they put "30" on my right calf (supposedly my age).
I finished in 2 hours 25 minutes. To give you an idea of how slow I must have been going, there was a man in the 70-74 age category who finished in 2 hours 20 minutes.
The lake we swam in
Me, Cherie, and Mary
Walking the bikes back to the car. What a fun time!
Mary had to go further south for work, so Cherie and I drove over to the Biltmore Estate to check out the largest house in the United States. I highly recommend it. Gorgeous house, gorgeous gardens, lands, etc, etc. Absolutely stunning. They even had a bowling alley built in the basement.