|Check In Pavilon|
|Interesting "Slap On" Chip Bands|
|Who gets to rack right next to Jimmie Johnson, Hmmm.|
I walked down to the water to check everything out. Sandy beach start and finish. I checked out the restrooms and then went back into transition to get everything setup. I went with the minimal setup: no swimskin, no socks and no visor for the run. Once I had everything in place, I set my bag over by the fence on the edge of transition. I still had about 45 minutes, but I gathered my swim goggles and cap, and wandered back down to the water to sit and rest for a bit.
I found EPT racers Kelly and Sarah and sat with them at a picnic table. I drank some of my pickle juice and we talked for a bit. I noticed some people warming up in the water, so I thought I might do that. So I walked over to the beach area. Then I found a bunch more of the EPT team and hung out with them for a bit. They made a quick announcement about the start, then Jimmie Johnson talked. He thanked everyone for coming and thanked the sponsors. They did the national anthem, and then I did get in a short warmup, maybe a 100 yards.
The Elite wave went off first at 6pm. Men were at 6:05, then women and relays were 6:15pm. There were only 10 of us in the Elite wave, which was nice. Definitely not too crowded. They called us to come down the chute with about 5 minutes to go before the start. We lined up at the edge of the water and waited for the countdown.
5 Males in Elite Division, 10 Elites Total
Swim 500 Yards
Officially 9:50.7, 5th Male Elite, 10/10 Elite, 57th Overall / 245 Finishers
Hit lap on the Garmin when I popped out of the water. It had 9:00.5 and 504 yards, so a 1:47 per hundred yard pace. I tried to go as hard as I could. I pushed pretty well to the first buoy, averaging 1:36 per hundred for the first 200 yards. I really wasn't that far behind then.
|That's me in the middle in the back|
The water was warm. Really warm. Seemed warmer than the year I did Stumpy Creek and the water was 88 degrees. I don't think it really affected me. I typically like warm water. But maybe the combo of the water temp and the air temp made it harder for me to breathe. But this was about the fastest I've ever swam for open water. Too bad it was only 500 yards.
|Not being in this throng made my DFL worthwhile|
Officially 0:42.0, 3rd Male Elite, 6/10 Elite,
I popped up out of the water and got onto the beach. I was DFL. I tried not to think about that and just tried to sprint up the beach and up the hill. I made it past all the women waiting to start and half way up the hill before I could hardly breathe and had to slow down. I trotted the rest of the way and tried to calm down a little. The timing mat was right at the entrance to T1.
|Hill Up to Transition|
Officially 32:54.4, 2nd Male Elite, 2/10 Elite, 2nd Overall
Garmin 510 had 12.94 miles in 32:59 for a 23.5 mph average on 210 watts. I climbed up the initial hill onto Harkey Road out of the saddle. Then I got comfortable and tried to push to get going. I really couldn't though. Then I realized I was still in the small ring. So I shifted up and tried to crank it out. My chain came half off the ring and kinda got stuck. I rotated the ring back a little and then forward. No luck. I decided to give it one more shot before I had to stop and fix it. That did the trick and I got it going with out stopping.
|Climb out of Transition|
My first 5 mile split was at 199 watts. I'm like Watt the F*&%$! I had caught the first guy ahead of me pretty quickly. Then I caught a couple of the women. Then I was pretty much by myself for a while. My watts finally started to creep up and started to make up some time.
The roads weren't that smooth, but I knew that going in since I've started riding out this way more this year. A few turns, but you could take them pretty quickly. Eventually I started seeing another rider. I pushed and eventually passed Meghan Fillnow. Then I reeled in Jen Keith. I gave them both words of encouragement as I passed.
|Coming into T2|
Then I came up on Cody and passed him. It was only like 2 miles before the end. We passed each other back a forth a few times. This has happened to me before. I don't know if I am just slowing down near the end, or the other guy and just stepping it up. I kinda think the other guys are trying to speed up because they know they can't run.
Anyways I followed Cody into T2 and finished about 2 seconds behind him. We both had flawless dismounts and started running into transition.
Officially 0:40.6, 4th Male Elite, 9/10 Elite
As I come into the rack Kelly is trying to get out and we get in each other's way a little bit. I rack and get on the ground to slip my shoes on. And my calf just locks up. Massive cramp. I get my shoes on (no socks) and put my sunglasses on, grab my bib belt and try and run out the cramp.
Officially 20:32.8, 3rd Male Elite, 6/10 Elite, 4th male OA
Garmin had 2.92 miles in 20:35, 7:03 avg pace.
So Zach must have pushed it at the end of the bike, plus he had a lightning fast transition. Because about 100 yards in, he was running right there with Cody and I. At the time I thought that this was kinda cool. A pack of 3 of us, where someone will be runnerup and someone will be off the podium. I think we were like 5 or 6 minutes behind Derek at that point.
Soon out of transition you run through that big dip in the trail from the parking lot. It's only like a 30 foot elevation climb, but I decided to take it easy since I was leading the pack of us. Neither guy passed me. So at the top when we got into the field I just started striding out and just started pulling away from them. It was pretty hot, but the trail was pretty clean out to the first turnaround.
I kept telling myself this was a 5K and I had to go faster, but I really didn't. Over the second mile you really hit some trails with roots and rocks. Once section down by the water was really rocky and was really winding. It has been a while since I ran trails.
So I finally made it through through that and back near transition. You hit the only aid station at 1.75 miles in. I took 2 cups of water, and drank one and threw the other on my head. Then you pass by transition and head out for some out and backs on the road. I could hear swim coach Patty yelling across the parking lot at me. I gave her the hang loose sign. I came through mile 2 in a rather pedestrian 7:20.
As I came out on the road I saw the lead bike and Derek coming through. I moved over and gave him a high 5. Up ahead I could see Kelly. As I came out of the 1st out and back I could see someone coming, but I was a good 1/4 mile up on them. On the last out and back I saw it was Meghan, so I really didn't feel the need to push too much.
|Happy to be Done|
Finish (Results Here)
Officially 1:04:39.7, 2nd Male Elite, 3/10 Elite, 4th OA of 195 Finishers, 3rd male of 121 Finishers
Came through the finish pretty tired. I got my medal and they had some cold water right there. I drank quite a few cups. I went over and congratulated Derek and started seeing some of the other people finish.
|Me and Paul|
They weren't going to do the awards until after the last finisher, so around 8:30pm. I decided to pack up transition and take everything back to the car. I had a change of clothes there, and I wanted to get out of the trisuit. I made the long trek and packed everything up. I went back to the finish, and got some of the Mac's BBQ they had there. I was finally hungry. Soon after they started the awards. They had a nice podium and we got to shake Jimmie Johnson's hand. They had the 4 overall winners do the NASCAR champagne bottle shake and spray everyone. That was pretty funny.
|Award Pack and Certificate|
|Medal and Award Towel|
|Really nice jacket for 2nd place|
|Somebody is full of themselves.|