Now, this year unlike last year, I have been running hills. Also unlike last year, I have been climbing hills on my bike. Every.Single.Weekend. Just sayin'... My usual strategy for a triathlon: Don't drown. Don't crash. Finish upright and smiling. Coach had other ideas: Put the pedal down and don't let up until you finish. Ugg, Coach, I'm not a sprinter!
This race had the feeling of a family reunion: friendly faces, lots of support. Humoring my race day OCD, Leah agreed to drive down with me an hour earlier than her original plan. However, that gave us prime spots racking our bikes and plenty of time to socialize and warm-up.
As I wait for our Ironwilled kits from Champs-Systems to come in, I was able to quickly snag this Fusion Sports top customized to represent Ironwilled: Women who TRI.
|I also wanted to show my support of my coaching team with my Dynamo Multisport cap!|
|Thanks Mike and All3 Sports for the picture!|
|Thanks Mike for the pictures going and coming back in to transition!|
|Coming back in on the bike I spotted Nadya and gave her a big wave!|
|Coach Mike and me before I realized my timing ship was on the wrong leg.|
|I know it doesn't look like it, but I am running in hard. One day my feet will come off the ground!|
Meanwhile, I hear cowbell and see coach Dan from Endurance Concepts and he tells me the guy ahead of me said girls can't sprint. That's a crock because as I pass the guy in front of me, I realize he can't say anything right now. However, it was enough of encouragement to pick off the only person in front of me. I sucked it up and left it all in the last bit of the course.
|My buddy Brad is the one with the big grin, it's always terrific to see him at races.|
Thank you Nadya for the picture!
Icing on the cake...I got to see a TON of Ironwilled ladies!
We hung out and waiting for Leah to get her bling for earning second in Age Group (my age group too :( ). She's a extremely strong athlete!
Then it was Waffle House for brunch. And that, is how you wrap up a good race day.