HITS Triathlon Prerace Preparations – Corpus Christi, Texas
Debbie and I arrived in Corpus Christi, Texas Wednesday February 15, 2012, which is where we both grew up, met in high school and where were married 40 years ago this
Today, I made a practice swim in the area where the HITS Triathlon
swim will be held in Corpus Christi Bay on Sunday. The photographs below were taken by Debbie Howard.
The Lexington Aircraft Carrier and Corpus Christi Ship Channel were the back drop for the swim.
The water temperature was 61 F with visibility under water of 4 to 5 feet.
There were two dolphin in the area where I was swimming. At times I would encounter wind blown waves 2 feet (+) in height. As I would glide down the back side of the waves using the a extended body position for stability, I felt very relaxed and free as the dolphin must have felt that were swimming in the area where I was.
For the past three days, I have made swims not for speed or measured distance but purely for the enjoyment of open water swimming and being in the same waters with the dolphin and sea birds.
Below are some of my swim partners that Debbie captured on film during a swim I made Wednesday afternoon just after we arrived in Corpus Christi. Debbie said a one point a pelican was swimming very close to me as I passed by the end of the jetty.
Saturday February 18 Race Prep
Delivered Bike to Transition with Debbie and we checked out Race Start Areas
I made a 20 min swim – no wet suit to check out swim start buoys and sighting. Many dolphin swimming along race course.
Swim Start Area
Looking South Along Swim Course