The Try Charleston Half was my first half iron distance race.
Friday (The Day Before)
We arrived at the KOA campground around 2pm. We settled in, and setup camp. We could see across the water to T1 and the swim start from our campsite.
#379, Green Lightning, Ready to Race
The little name placards were kinda nice. Not exactly Rev3, but not bad.
Then we headed out to dinner at the Mellow Mushroom. All kinds of beer on tap, which I avoided for water. We got the Ceaser Salad Pizza. May not sound good, but it surely was. The pesto sauce and chicken on it were excellent. Got back and crashed by 9 pm.
Saturday (Race Day)
I planned on sleeping until 4:30, but I woke up at 4am to use the bathroom, and then I was just up. I ate one and half bagels with cream cheese, 4 fig newtons and a banana. I drank some water and then walked over to T1 about 5am.
Dropped my wetsuit and helmet off at my bike, got my timing chip, then waited for the shuttle to go over to T2. Rode over there and dropped off my run shoes and race number and some shot bloks. Rode the shuttle back and then setup my T1 for a quick transition. By that time it was 6:05am. So by the time I visited the bathroom a couple times, ate another banana, got my body marked, it was time to put on the wetsuit. But could I? Didn't see many people with them on at that time.
Then I heard them announce the official water temp at 76.5 degrees. YES! That practically made my whole day already. Got the wetsuit on did a short warmup swim and then it was time to corral
I'm in there somewhere with a silver cap on.
Swim: 39:13 Officially 25/39 AG, 115/208 OA
Actually swam 38:26 as the official time counts running up the hill and taking off the wetsuit. Got kicked in the right eye not more than 200 yards out. Had to turn around on my back and get the water out. First lap went pretty smooth (though I did get kicked in the face again, but not so bad). Not a big fan of the 2 laps, as that means 5 turns on this course. I felt good on the back side of the triangle, but when I hit the homestretch, I felt pretty tired. Then when I was about 200 yards from the shore the Sprint swim wave hit me. So I had to dodge all the doggie paddlers and back strokers.