Race Day Was Almost Over When It Began

The race started as a jump off the pier and go. With this being only my second triathlon, and the first was a run in, I was unprepared for my goggles to fill with water, leaving my vision impaired and distorted for the entire race, very grateful for the kayakers who were there to keep us safe. Additionally, the water was choppy and I ended up with quite a bit of lake water in my belly.
Not even to the first buoy, I had swallowed so much water, I almost panicked and gave serious consideration to raising my hand to get out. However, I switched to the breaststroke (to keep my head above water) for about 1/2 the swim, and once I was calm, switched back to freestyle and ended up knocking 13 1/2 minutes off of my first triathlon swim time.
Funny, I went from almost surrendering to having a great day.
May be an image of 3 people, people standing and body of water

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