Although this was my second Triathlon I consider it really as my first. My very first was in a pool and was done backwards, with Run, Bike, Swim. It was fun but it didn’t really challenge me. The LA Tri Events at Bonelli Park was a great race and it was super challenging. This was my very first time ever swimming in open water, and to top off the fear I had of swimming in unknown terrain, my friend tells me minutes before the race that most times when people get in open water for the first time they have a panic attack. GREAT!! WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME THIS?! I thought!! But I was already signed up, geared up, and ready to race so I wasn’t going to let fear overcome me. But, if I’m being totally honest here, I was terrified once I stepped into that water and the swim was not easy by any means. People around me were panicking and trying to grab onto me, and a girl next to me started yelling that she was drowning. Thank God for the lifeguards because I had no idea how to help her. Eeek! Thankfully I got through and as I walked out of that lake I felt dizzy and completely exhausted. I walked to the bike transition area and yanked off my wet suit. Problem was that I forgot to unzip the ankles and it took me forever to get it off my foot. Once I was free I was onto the bike and felt free as a bird as I rode away. The bike portion was super fun except for two steep hills that had me huffing and puffing, but the good thing about uphill is that downhill is right after. Downhill is my favorite!! After transitioning from bike to run I was pretty exhausted but the run is definitely my favorite part and I was excited that I was nearing the finish line. Crossing that finish line felt great and made me thirsty for more Triathlon! My next one will be the Long Beach Triathlon, and next year I’m planning on a Half IronMan. Excited for the future races!!