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My First, Last, and Most Terrifying Ocean Swim:TriRock Clearwater Olympic Race Recap

A destination beach race sounded like just the perfect note to end a busy and successful season on.
Always ready for a challenge, I thought I would tackle something that I was deathly afraid of-an ocean swim.And a very long one at that! In classic Ashley-fashion, I had completely skipped over the Olympic distance when I signed up for my first half. So logically (?), I signed up for the Olympic distance at TriRock in Clearwater. I had only swum in the ocean once before-my second ever triathlon in Jekyll and it was rough (18 minutes for 600 yards rough). I was terrified to say the least.

My friend Kim and I planned to make a girl’s weekend out of it, and since she has a competitive swimming background, I figured she would be able to allay my fears and get me psyched up for the race.After I signed up for the Olympic distance, Kim told me she was terrified of sharks and was therefore, debating signing up for the sprint. Ahhh!!! Kim is an incredible athlete, having raced her first 70.3 …