A Visit with Family and Christmas In July Triathlon
On Friday July 8th, I traveled with my mother down to Greensboro, NC to visit with my brother, his wife and their daughter for the weekend. It is always such a nice time traveling to the South, because honestly people are SOOO nice! Everywhere we stopped, people held doors, asked us how we were doing, and told us they wished for us to have a nice day. Plus, gas is cheaper too! The purpose of the visit was not only to visit family, but to compete in the Christmas in July Triathlon.
I loved this race! One of the things I loved was the fact that only around 300 triathletes participated and my wave only had approximately 50 competitors. The water temperature was a balmy 84 degrees at the start. After a 750 meter swim (don’t know my results unfortunately – must of missed the pad), we biked 14 miles in two laps of a 7 mile, rolling hill course. It was fast! I finished the bike portion around 33rd out of 127 male finishers. Thank you Cervelo S1! The run course was great as well (5K), approximately 3/4ths of the race spent in the woods winding through single track and fire road. I finished 105 out of 127 male finishers on the run course. Now now, you might say I burned myself out on the bike; but I do have to share that I rode 111 miles on Monday July 4th so my legs were basically shredded to begin with. Results here – I finished 69th out of 127 male finishers and 11th in my age group.
All in all, this was a solid race and I would do it again! It was great to find out that a fellow DC Tri member Luke H. won the race – congrats to him!
Weekend activities: Lots of good food, some sun at a neighborhood pool, a great triathlon, harvesting some veggies in brother’s garden, and good times with family!
Tip of the day: Don’t ride 111 miles 6 days before a triathlon and expect it to go as you hope.