I’m not sure if I can post directly on the website so I’ll just send this to you two clowns to put up.
This was probably the most organized race I have done. Everything was easy from checking in to parking, etc. They had a lot of prize money, so a lot of pros showed up including Happy Days own Richie Cunningham.
Port-A-Potty – great.
Blew a tube 20 mins before the race filling my tires with air because I need to have some kind of panic prior to the race.
The swim was great. This was my first race using a full body (including arms) wetsuit and I definitely felt the difference. I felt light and smooth. As usual, it took me a minute catch my breath and get into a smooth rhythm, but after that I felt great the whole swim. It was a similar course shape to Austin (a triangle). I stayed to the outside most of the time and managed to only kicked once and punched once which is a record low. All in all uneventful and I’ll take that every time on my swim. 31 minutes out of the water and back into Quassy Amusement Park.
Did not wear my race shirt under the wetsuit which is a mistake I won’t make again. This was by far the worst part of my race. I angrily shouted at my only fan to go away as I panicked trying to put that stupid shirt on.
As advertised, the bike was the toughest part of the course. To make it worse on those long climbs I had a squeak in my bike for some of the long climbs. And there were a lot of long descents which were fun too. Miles 24-31 was torture, but I was able to hold on my own and happy to report that there were no disasters. I still can’t change a flat so I just pray that I won’t be left on the side of the road somewhere crying. This is where I was expecting to drop time from Austin and although I wasn’t flying I did a 250 which I was fine with.
And everyone favorite part , eating. I had a mini Clif Bar, my favorite GEL (Espresso), some jelly beans and a new bottle of water at each station (about every 10 miles). This will play a factor in the next part.
Much easier transition. However, there were no port a potty’s in the transition area and I didn’t want to wait for one along the course so I ran to the amusement park bathroom much to the amusement of all the surrounding bystanders. It was a little surreal and I think I frightened a couple people in the bathroom. All and all, no big deal and I was now ready for a comfortable run.
My legs felt great from the start and after the first couple of miles I knew I had a good run in me. I was reeling people in and feeling good. The run is the reason I even do these triathlons. There was no quadzilla here, but Mile 3-4 was the ‘K-Swiss mile’ which may not sound intimidating but was a pretty good hill in its own right. I was happiest to pass a couple pro females. Anyway, the whole way I was thinking I must be ready for Wisconsin because I could probably bang out a full marathon if need be. But there was another huge hill at 12 and someone not to far in front of me got hit by a car, so I was happy to finish at mile 13. Ran just over 90 minutes (including the t2 bathroom spot I beleive) which is what I was shooting for. Just over 5 hours over the race, so if I could put a shirt on I would have broken 5 is the way i think about it.
Anyway, great race and I just read that they will be having their first full in 2010 almost a year to the date of Ironman Wisconsin. And its in your home country, OHIOOOOOOOO.
I bet Geege would even do it Because its at Cedar Point.
The following link has some photos. Zoe has some more that I’ll send over.
My team (Runner’s Edge) won the team competition which was cool.
After the 2 hour ride home it was time for 4 softball games with the Angry Beavers and a 5 mile race the next night.
As opposed to Austin where I was out of commission for a week, my legs felt great and I was able to get right back into training.
I still owe you an application and $1 but I think it’s about time you put me on the website.