So here it is...On the morning of the race, I woke up around 5:30am and got suited up in my tri kit and decided to ride the bike to the race from the house. It was only a 3 mile ride so I figured it would be a good way to loosen my nerves and loosen up the legs. I got to the race venue around 6:30am and chatted it up with a few friends. My buddy and local Cobb Mobb athlete, Chris Morelock, gave me some last minute tips and even let me borrow his new SPECIALizED aero road helmet for the race. I got my transition area set up and was glad I got to the race venue early enough to get a primo spot. My idea was that I would place my bike as close to the transition exit so that when I came in from the swim (running barefoot) I could run the length of the transition and get to the bike where I would have to put on my bike shoes and have a shorter distance to run in those said bike shoes.
|Hanging out in transition before the race|
After 4 minutes and 30 seconds, the 200 yard swim was over and I was out of the pool. I made a b-line to the transition area which was probably another 200 yards down the hill. I tried to concentrate at this point on catching my breath and getting myself ready for the bike leg. I managed to be really efficient in the transition and was off onto the bike. Going into this event, the bike leg was going to be my specialty. I felt really confident and once on the bike I got another burst of adrenaline. The bike course was only 7 miles but it was a two lap course that was full of nearly a dozen turns the weaved in and out of a neighborhood. The neighborhood was pretty hilly as well. Since I started pretty far back for the swim start, I found myself having to pass a lot of people on the bike leg. I tried to keep the communication up that I was passing on their left but there was one turn I came up to that was on a down hill section and turned to the left. As I was screaming down the hill, I saw 5 or 6 ladies that were spanning nearly the entire width of the road. All I knew to do was tell them to hold their line and I would be coming around on their left. Right as I was about to make a pass, we were entering the turn and I barely made it on the inside and was able to safely exit the turn before them and continued on. This was by far the most sketchy moment of the race for me! After completing my two laps, I ride down the final 100 yards of the bike course and managed to get out of my bike shoes in a preparation for another quick transition.
|Coming in hot to the transition area from the bike course.|
|On the run leg about to make my final turn to head to the finish.|
|Male 25-29 Age Group Podium|