You've heard me mention Stephanie before. I don't know how to describe her: Tri-wife? Tri-bestie? Tri-friend? Race-mate? We met through a FB training group and found out we have the same race schedule. She's done these races before and while that doesn't minimize her accomplishments, it's great to have someone who will take you under their wing and show you the ropes.
|Me and Stephanie the morning of.|
We got checked in, got our wrist bands, obligatory name t-shirts and went to an athlete's meeting. Stephanie reminded me there will be online sales as well as more shopping to be done in Florida. After that we parted ways to meet up back up later for a practice swim.
Wandering about the expo a bit longer I bumped in to Allan and Amy, fellow members of the North Georgia Tri Club.
|Amy, Allan, and a great print I got from Carrie|
Over to the practice swim that was organized by some awesome TriAugusta folks in the Augusta 70.3 Facebook group. While walking from the car to the river, I saw the back and profile of a gentleman leaning on the bridge and I was excited to see someone I knew. I walked up behind him and smacked his ass. Why? Because I thought I knew him. As I continued past him, I turned to say hi only to realize it wasn't who I thought it was! I was so embarrassed. The man looked at me and smiled and told me he had heard Georgia was friendly, he just didn't realize how much. We both got a good laugh over it and Stephanie and I hopped in the river and got acclimated to the chill in the water.
After we swam I saw a guy (Bryan) I had chatted very briefly with at the expo. Found out he was on his own for the evening so we exchanged numbers to see about meeting up for dinner later.
I headed back to the house to clean up and figure out dinner when Kevin messaged me and Heath about Nacho Mamas and we both replied to save us seats. I reach out to Bryan and he said he'd meet me there. Apparently I'm getting a reputation for my cookie baking as Kevin told me he got me a small present from the expo. I said really? Why? He said it's an M-Dot cookie cutter!!!
|Me, Kevin, Heath|
|Lester (far right) earned his spot to World's on Sunday.|
Bryan was there racing for the Scott Rigsby Foundation. Turns out some of the people he had been chatting with on Facebook were at Farm Haus, so we joined them. Bryan and I talked about expected finish times for the race. I told him if I caught him, I was going to smack him on the butt. He had an hour head start on me, so it was fun to play Where's Waldo on the run course.
|Some of the group racing for Scott Rigsby Foundation.|
Nice easy run and then Stephanie and I headed back to the expo to meet up and say hello to Allan and his wife Carla. I bumped in to Brad, volunteer extraordinaire.
|Brad is often volunteering and always smiling!|
After taking a short nap, Sarah got to the house. We gathered our treats and headed to the pasta dinner hosted by St. Paul's Church. This was also the North Georgia Tri Club Meet-up. The dinner was great (even though I didn't eat the pasta/meatballs) and there were LOTS of different cookies. I finally got to meet Michelle from N'awlins. I also got to see Jody who I had done the Ride for a Reason event with as well as too many others to list. I just know I'm going to forget someone. At the meet up we had TWENTY members of our club present and a good number weren't there.
|NGTC in Augusta!|
|Pretty surreal with the gorgeous sky and 3000 bikes.|
Dark and early we woke up to head over to transition. I met up with Stephanie and also found Lia.
|Much better picture than the one in our wetsuits!|
|Sarah before the swim start.|
We got in 'queue' for our wave and Lia and I had an impromptu dance off with Claudia in the corral behind us. It was time to get ready to swim.
|I'm in there with Lia and Stephanie|
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I followed Stephanie out of transition and this was the last time I saw her. She has an incredible story and I really enjoy finding out that she kicked major butt on the ride and run.
I never race with 'support'. My dad has made it out to the Merecede's Half Marathon in Birmingham for a quick visit. However on Sunday, Sarah was EVERYWHERE! She took some pictures (most of these pictures are her's) as we rolled out and I figured I find her on the run course. Nope. She showed up at no less than 3 spots on the bike course. It was awesome! Every time she had a sign for me and a big smile telling me how great I was doing.
Into transition 2 and I got to see Karen and use the bathroom. Sorry Karen, I'm not sure which I was more excited about.
On to the run... Sarah hopped all over the course encouraging me and taking pictures. I saw so many people I knew cheering on the course.
|Robbie has been getting lots of props in many race reports!|
I also was a few minutes ahead of Rho so I got to see Lauren and her crew many times. As I was running along, Natalie hollered at me from a perch with her two boys. It was fun discerning people calling my name because they were reading my bib and who I actually knew. TriAugusta and TriCoachGeorgia had a presence and I looked up to hear Brian cheering for me. Turned a corner and there was Luis. I didn't have time to think about the winding road because I was spotting the crowd for people I knew and the course for NGTC kits and others I knew.
I think around mile 8 Rich finally caught me. He came up behind me and very politely said, "Guess who?" I smiled and told him to get running! I'm slightly disappointed because I didn't get an ass-slap as promised if he caught me!
I leap-frogged with Lynn for a bit and saw Karen's mom on the course. And then there was Bryan...I spotted him ahead of me and I knew I was going to catch him. Being a woman of my word, he got a good slap as I ran by him. Elizabeth was just a moment or two behind me so I saw her family a lot too. She caught me at mile 12 and all I could come up with was, "It's about time you caught me." Elizabeth is one hell of a runner and even though she thinks she didn't have a good run, it was still pretty impressive.
Some don't like the run course because it winds a lot. I really enjoyed it as I got to see people over and over again. I think I even got a shout-out from across the way from Lindsay.
At the finish line I finally got to meet Devon K. We have been in the same place at the same time multiple times this year yet not met. I was talking to Sarah and Devon turned to me and said, "Are you Shawna? I'm Devon."
We hung out a bit. Chatted with others. I got to congratulate Rho on a great race.
|If being a badass was a sport, these two would podium every time!|
I'm not even going to focus on the one negative: walking to transition to get my bike. It's an easy fix. Have sneakers for the walk or get someone else to get it for me.
Huge take-away from the weekend. I found my saddle! The Cobb SHC 170.
MP lives up to his name, but I think my saddle issues are resolved. THANK YOU CURTIS and CANNON CYCLERY! Thank you for working with my fit and getting me to a saddle that works for me. Thank you also for making sure that MP is always in good, safe, working order. And thank you for the ice-cream cone today.
|I pre-purchased my photos, but haven't received the downloads yet. Hence, the watermark.|