On July 23, I had the opportunity to compete in my first open water swim race.  I chose the 2.4 mile swim distance in preparation for Kona.  I was very happy to come away with the overall female spot  (Wetsuit Division) and not too far behind the overall male.  It was a great training opportunity for me and swimming in Donner Lake was amazing.  As the sun rose while I was swimming, the rays looked like a disco ball light in the water.  I am proud to represent Team Freeplay and thankful for the opportunity to participate in my first Big Blue Adventure Race.  It was really nice to participate in a race weekend that had something for everyone – Open Water Swim (varying distances), Sprint Tri, Kid’s Tri, Olympic Tri, and a 70.3 Distance Tri.   Participating in races are fun but it’s even more fun when my whole family can participate!  I want to be a role model for my children and having the opportunity to see them participate in something that I love doing too made my day!

I can’t think of a better way to start a Saturday morning!

We were also able to participate in a pre-race BOOST swim clinic and my son, Jayden, got some last minute tips on swimming in open water.


Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars kept the race sherpa’s fueled and happy!