Race morning was a little cool and we had to break out the GPS to find the race site. The location of our hotel was very close to the lake but we had to take a couple of goofy turns and it all seemed so confusing in the dark and on 4 hours of sleep! We pulled in and got parked and as we were walking towards the registration ran into Brent and Cole who beat us there by just a few minutes. Check in went quickly and we were all done by 6:30 with the race not starting until 8:00.
We proceeded to transition and got our bikes situated. Brent and Cole had already picked bike racks and we chose a different rack that we thought would be easier to locate coming out of the water. Below is a little comparison of my transition set up and another racer's. Yep, that is a chair in transition!
I got on the bike and headed out of the transition area. The bike course was an out-and-back that had some gentle rolling hills along the way. It was fun to just push when I could and try to pass people when possible. The course wasn't closed to traffic and there were a couple times when the cars were slowed on the road and I had to pass them on the right. I didn't like that and felt very nervous passing them but couldn't slow down since it was a RACE!
I came off the bike and headed out on the run...squeaky shoes and all! The run included a short section through a baseball park complex. The run was also an out-and-back and had a couple of small hills. I was glad to see there were two water stops because the temps had warmed up and it was actually toasty during the sunny portions of the run. It was fun to see my friends and get to cheer them on during the run. I finished up the race feeling like I had a little left in the tank and probably should have run faster. Other than that, I was really happy with my performance.
|Here's a picture hint...I'm holding a medal!|
The race director realized he had skipped Clydesdale and Athena so he went back to those divisions. He started with third place and my time was faster, then second place and it wasn't me...you got it...I won the Athena Division!!! Finally, we were waiting for Brent's age group to be announced. He was expecting second place and we were all excited for him when he placed first! Not bad for our group and we were all excited. We celebrated by stopping at WhattaBurger in Russellville on the way home.
|Four First Place Finishes: Cole, Me, Anjeanette, and Brent|