I did this race 2 years ago as my first every Olympic distance triathlon. The swim was a nightmare. I did not have a wetsuit at the time, which certainly didn't help. Every single woman was faster than me out of the water. All but one guy was faster as me as well, but he dropped out later in the race. So officially I was the slowest swimmer on that day in the entire race.
Over the Mountain does give out a nice bag. It's really the only bag I've gotten from a race that I actually use. It is wide so you can fit a pair of shoes in it, and it has padded arm straps and an internal zippered pocket.
|Towel from the Finish|
|Not a bad T-shirt. Better than the 2011 Version|
29:26 Officially, 9 / 22 Age Group, 61 / 143 Overall Men
2:10 Officially, 1 / 22 AG, 31 / 143 OA
As we got out of the water to run up the pretty steep hill, it was raining pretty good. I had a little bit of an issue getting the last of my wetsuit off the bottom of my legs. I think my relatively high ranking T1 time was just due to me running up the hill faster and through transition. I had my bike shoes rubber banded on and I had put plastic bags on each shoe to keep them dry. I also put a plastic bag over my helmet and sunglasses. I decided to forgo the sunglasses and stuffed them into my bag to retrieve at the finish. I grabbed my bike and I was off.
1:11:28 Officially, 1 / 22 AG, 7 / 141 OA
0:54 Officially, 6 / 22 AG, 44 / 141 OA
Dismount was flawless, and I had a good spot not too far down. I had put my shoes and socks in a plastic bag so they were completely dry. I didn't have my sunglasses, and didn't bring a hat, so just put on socks and grabbed my number and off I went.
38:22 Officially, 1 / 22 AG, Tied for 9 / 141 OA
2:22:19 Officially, 1 / 22 AG, 11 / 142 OA
Drew ended up getting a cramp, so I easily won the age group by 5:44. Full Results Here. I pretty much dominated the age group as my bike was the fastest by over 6 minutes and my run was the fastest by over 3 minutes. I was hoping to place a little higher overall (Top Ten would have been nice), but as the race drew near and I saw all the Open guys that were signed up, I was pretty pleased being 11th overall. (Come on Haycraft, shouldn't you have raced Columbia, or Florida 70.3?!)
Overall a good start to the tri season. My bike wasn't as bad as I thought it could be due to lack of biking during marathon training. My run base was sure there, tho. That part felt pretty good. It was great to come out of the water still in the thick of things. There's a lot of swim work to do before Vegas and it's non-wetsuit lake swim, but progress is finally being made! Next up is the only sprint race I've done since 2011, the local yocal Fort Mill Y's "Slide into Baxter" sprint in June.