And to what kerc said.
I had *quite* the day. Actually starting last night, lol. I was all set to have a quiet night with DS when my girlfriend called and asked me to go to her company party with her since her boyfriend apparently couldn't find a babysitter. I was able to get a babysitter in an hour and a half when he couldn't get one in over a week. So, totally last minute, I got all dressed up and headed out to a party with an open bar and absolutely nobody I knew except my friend. Yeah. Did I mention that there was an awesome 80's cover band at the party? Holy cow, it was fun. I drank way way way too much, was NOT sober, flirted with some guys I will never see again most likely (my friend was doing her best to find me a man...there WERE an awful lot of cute single guys at the party!). And got home at about 12:30, with a race to get up early for this morning. Oh, and I wore my super cute boots with the three inch heels, which did not overly agree with my feet after yesterday's 14 miles...
So I was sleeping the not-great sleep of the unsober this morning and actually woke up BEFORE my alarm went off at 5:30. And perhaps may not have been entirely sobered up yet. I tried to doublecheck my bag, which I had packed drunkenly the night before, got myself around, made some tea, all that good stuff, and then got DS up and around, since he got to go with me.
rr~Today's race was a sprint tri that was originally scheduled for two weeks ago and was postponed because of the flooding. I was doing the swim leg of a relay with my tri club (the club had 9 teams altogether and costumes and stuff were encouraged) and was assigned to a team with two guys I had never met before and were rumored to be really freaking fast. My team was kind of lame on the costume front, so I was going to go to party city last night and pick up some sort of beer-related accessories (it was the Oktoberfest Tri), but then I got the call to go to the party instead, so whoops. Fortunately, our runner DID actually make a costume run last night and suited himself up in a pretty excellent Oktoberfest outfit, so at least one of us was dressed up!
Did I mention that it snowed yesterday? And that the water temp dropped over 10 degrees from Thursday??? Air temperature at the start of the race was 34 degrees. Water temp? 58. I had about six layers on DS and he was still complaining about being cold as we walked around transition when we got to the race. Of course, I had never met my teammates, so that made it kind of difficult to find them, so we kind of wandered around aimlessly until we saw some of the tri club people that I knew and could hang out with. Oh, and did I mention the one other layer of intrigue in this whole race situation? J (guy I'm dating) was doing the tri. And remember the guy that I met when I went to the baseball game with the tri club about a month ago? Yeah, he was on one of the relay teams, so he was there, too. More on this later.
I finally met my relay teammates, and we got semi-organized and I got my wetsuit on and headed down to the water with some friends. One of the tri club guys had his son there, who was a few years older than DS, so I had DS hang out with him while I was swimming. I got in the water to "warm up" aka make sure my goggles weren't going to leak, and holy crap. It took my breath away. It was COLD. Fortunately, the relays were in wave 2, so I really didn't have that long to wait before we were on our way. And honestly, once we got going, it really wasn't that bad. I mean, don't get me wrong, it was cold, but it was very tolerable. Although I definitely think that the few people I saw without wetsuits were cuh-raaaaazy. My sighting was not the best, but I felt pretty strong throughout the swim. The only rough spot was rounding the first buoy, which was exactly when the wave behind caught me, so it was a little crowded and I caught some hands and feet making the turn. It was a nice, short swim (yay, sprint tri!), and then I was out of the water and making the run to transition. I left my wetsuit fully on (usually I unzip and peel off the top half as I run) since it was keeping me warm and I didn't need to get out of it right away! They had a carpet almost all the way up to transition, which was awesome, because as soon as I hit the asphalt in the parking lot where transition was, my feet were instantly painfully frozen. OUCH. I met my cyclist, handed off the chip, and off he went!
I headed over to the club tent with a couple of other girls who had done the swim and we got changed and tried to get warmed up...with not great success. Fortunately, my car was really close, so DS and I headed over there to turn the heat on high and thaw my feet out. We had only been sitting there a minute or two when I glanced over and saw my team's runner flying out of transition! Holy moley, our cyclist was FAST! A few minutes later, I saw J heading out on the run, so I got a cheer in for him, and then hung out with the club peeps and cheered all our teams out onto the run. What felt like just a few minutes later (and really was, it was just over 20 min), my team's runner came in across the finish line! We were the second place coed relay team, even with my (comparatively) snail-like swim! My cyclist and runner both beat the first place team's but their swimmer was 7 minutes (!!!) faster than me. Which made me feel a little better, because seriously? Even if I WAS a good swimmer, we're probably talking 12-14 minutes, and their swimmer did it in 10:20. That's kind of smoking, in my opinion! And the guys were only like 30 seconds faster than the other team, so yeah...we weren't going to catch them. It was pretty awesome to take second place, though! I got a sweet plaque for it! And the tri club had its own awards, and my team won "fastest transition"...which was a four-pack of Red Bull, lol.
Official swim time: 17:06. Seriously, fast for me.
On to the dating report portion of this race report (is this thing long enough yet???)...I somehow managed to successfully juggle things so that it pretty much just looked like I was hanging out with tri club peeps in general instead of mostly just with C (the guy from the baseball game). I'm still not entirely sure how I pulled that off. It actually was mostly because I had DS there. I had talked to J earlier in the week about that...I'm not anywhere ready to bring DS into the picture with him yet, and I had told him that. He was even willing to totally stay away from me, but I had told him that it was fine, it just needed to be "friendly" and not more, kwim? So, I did spend a little time with J (and met one of his friends who was there cheering and watching his daughter while he raced, and yes...his daughter, too), but it was pretty low-key. He did his thing and I did mine, for the most part. In the meantime, C was kind of glued to my side. Not in a totally obvious way, but definitely hanging out by me. One of my friends texted me afterward to say that he looked "totally smitten" by me, ha! Some fairly major flirtation, but nothing that would be too obvious to an outsider. And that was about that, we said goodbye and headed out, and I was left wondering (again) if he was going to do anything about it, or if I would have to suck it up and be the one to initiate something. Well, some FB messaging started up pretty shortly after that, phone numbers were (finally) exchanged, and....we have a date tomorrow. And that's the semi-short version of that...
Off to bed for me...I was supposed to be at work tonight, but woke up from my nap to the blessed sound of my phone ringing with the day charge nurse on the line asking me if I wanted release tonight because we're slow. I don't think she even got the full sentence out of her mouth before I was yelling YES YES YES I LOVE YOU YES. So here's hoping it stays slow, since I'll be the first one called back if they need someone. And I have a date tomorrow that I need to be refreshed for.