I’m two days away from my next race at Tri California’s Triathlon at Pacific Grove. Since fall has unofficially begun here in California, I’m expecting the race to be on the cooler side. The water ought to be between 57º – 58º and the air temperature high for Saturday is 65º. I’m racing in the morning, so the mercury may break 60º in time for awards.

There ought to be morning fog too, which will likely hide the sun and give me a pretty good idea of what it must be like to race in Seattle (minus some precipitation). I’m not complaining about the conditions, because they give me the incentive to go hard! Partly in the name of warmth, but mainly for the sake of let’s see how far I can push myself. It’s really a fun strategy.

Overall, I’ve been feeling good and can’t wait to see what it’s like to swim through a kelp forest. From what I hear, it can be rather difficult. So, my objective for the swim is to not be like a sleeping otter, because they wrap themselves in kelp. Terrible analogy, but look at that otter. Precious.