Friday I stopped by REI and picked up a new Tri-Suit. Then I turned my attention that damn bike I bought last year. My theory was that the seat was too low, so I pulled that sucker out really high! I was ready.
Sunday, ODarkThirty. Game time. For the first time in two years it was not raining as I was driving to the race! I got my transition area ready, when I realized I left my socks in the car. On my way back to get the socks, I saw a guy wearing a BrooksID uniform. I introduced myself to William and then went and got those socks (Brooks of course).
I did a 500 yard warm-up in the pool. The new tri-suit felt a little weird in the water. After the warm-up I was hanging out in the pool when Terry finally turned up. We chatted for a while until they were getting ready to line us up to start the swim. I went to start and as I was standing there, Georgie, who is one of the nuts that I swim with on Fridays, grabs me and starts to quiz me about my race number. She had a number 20 and demanded that I start in front of her!
And we are off!
This was a 25 yard pool swim down and back in each lane 6 times. I caught the guy in front me in the second fifty. I split the lane and went by him. Then there was some yahoo doing the breast stroke. I went by him and some one else that he was blocking. I think I passed four people. When I got to the last lane no one was there on either side. I hammered that fifty and hauled myself out of the pool from the deep end. Until I reviewed the race pictures, I failed to notice the LADDER that was right there, that EVERYONE else used to exit the pool. What a dumb ass!
Exiting the pool the hard way. Note the Ladder...
I made it through T1 with no problems, grabbed the bike and got on to go. And thats when I saw my goggles hanging off the platform pedals. A fact that was promptly pointed out to me by a race official. I was able to get on the bike and then grab the goggles. After I got my number sorted out and got locked into my pedals I stuffed the goggles into the top of my tri-suit.
Start of the Bike...Note the Goggles...
I got a good rhythm on the bike right off the bat. After a few miles a couple of dudes, one master, passed me. However, I was able to keep up and in fact, I did not lose sight of them until the last few miles. This was a new bike course compared to the last two years. I prefer the original course, but this was not bad. I did not lose much ground on the bike, and I was ready to Hammer the run.
I came out of T2 with no problems. A 17year old kid came out with me, but he did not know where to go. I pointed to a runner up ahead, "follow him". And that worked for the first half mile, but then he got confused and I blew by him. I passed a bunch of guys included the two masters who passed me on the bike. I had a good lead on the kid, and he was hanging in there which gave me good mental energy for the last half mile.
Last Quarter Mile...Note The Kid in the background..
I finished fifth overall, first in my age group and third in the run. I had the fastest swim time of the top five finishers. However, I missed the top masters spot by 49 seconds - all in the bike. Sheesh. My swim was 4:27 10th overall compared to 4:28 last year and 4:22 the year before. My bike was 37:34 and the run was 22:49 which was faster than last year. Overall a better race than the last two years!
William finished first overall. Georgie and Terry both won their age groups. Overall a good showing for Chris and friends!
Cool down run
First Place Young Geezers Category
William First Overall
Terry - First Place Old Geezers Category
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