This race is held at the Horseshoe Bend campground park on Beaver Lake. The water level on the lake is still extremely high from the early Spring rainfall that we got. This meant that the normal transition area and swim course were flooded. I know you are probably chuckling that the swim course was flooded but the picnic benches were under water and there was a ton of debris in the area. The organizers moved transition to a grassy area that was a long uphill run from the swim exit. The swim was altered to be a point-to-point swim and required a start location a few hundred yards away from the main race site. The bike course was the same in all its glory! The run course was also changed and became an out/back that led to two different loops. This change equated to a lot more shade on the run course which was a huge improvement.
I headed out around 5:20 and got to the lake just before 6AM. There was actually a little backlog of traffic getting parked which was a first for me to experience at this race. As I unpacked my car I ran into several friends and said hi on my way down to check in. I entered transition and chose a rack spot that was mostly near men. The women start last on the swim so I figured that the men would get out of transition way before me and that it would be easy to spot my bike this way. I was near Brent and his son Cole and some other tri friends too. I had plenty of time to set up my transition spot and also make potty stops and get my timing chip. There was a pre-race meeting and then everyone began the walk down to the swim start.
|Transition area...the lake looks far away!|
|Looking up Chicken Hill from the bottom.|
|Kyla and I post-race...she saved me on the run!|