I tried to explain profit margins and t-shirt orders to one competitor who was pretty upset about not getting one, but I don't think she was very satisfied. Always with the t-shirts!
Aquathons are fun and they are HARD! (as a side note, if you happen to like the Old School Aquathon and want to do another next summer, feel free to let Jason and Marc know at fsseries.com.) We keep this very low key and it's a nice atmosphere for a race/awesome workout. I truly believe sprint triathlons are much easier than sprint aquathons! You go from breathing hard out of the water and through transition -- right into a 3mile run! There's never a chance to catch your breath, unlike on the bike where your heartrate always comes down a bit. Then you go back and swim - with your heartrate still through the roof, your entire body tired, and you want it to move without much oxygen? Let's just say that THAT swim is always super challenging, no matter who you are.
|Pre-race instructions. See that sign? Yeah, we break all the rules.|
|Sporting the OSB onesie and looking as cool as ever.|
I got out of the water just behind her, Super-Swimmer was in first, and Jenny-from-Va got out behind us but did some sort of voodoo magic and was in transition for around 2 seconds. I was able to pass everyone within the first few minutes of the run and my goal was to put as much time on them as possible because my overall goal was to absolutely not have to swim too hard on that second swim. Did I mention how hard that swim is? Yeah, no way I wanted to get into some sort of sprint on that one.
I forgot how rolly the trail is at Harris Lake. And because of all the recent rain, very muddy, too. The run was hard and although the temperature wasn't super hot, the humidity was very high. I tried to cheer for everyone I knew but I was sucking air out there and missed some people. It was a two loop course so there were people always around.
|Making the turn for the 2nd loop.|
Jenny-from-Va is no slouch so I couldn't back down at all. She and her husband have come down for all of our aquathons and between the two of them have won most! I probably had about 30 seconds on her heading into the last swim (but knew she would cut into that in transition!) but we seem to be similar speeds swimming-wise so I was able to swim/gasp my way through.
|Marty took pictures from our SUP.|
I held on for the win :) Although you wouldn't know it at the awards, because Marty "forgot" to call my name. This is how it went:
In 3rd place for women - Mary R!
In 2nd place for women - Jenny! (from-Va)
And now for the men! In 3rd place...
I thought he did it on purpose, like sort of weird to call my name since we put them on and I'm handing out the pint glass awards. But he promises he didn't mean to. But it got me thinking that maybe I shouldn't do our own events. Is it weird? You can be honest.
Junior Awesome had fun with Rita during this, and then later we went into downtown Raleigh for 4th of July festivities. It was full of vendors and fair food and performers and kids stuff (but big kid stuff, not Logan-age stuff, unfortunately), but it was still fun to be in the scene.
|Trying out some ice cream.|
|Quit smiling at the camera, lady, and gimme more!|
|I love trains. Really, I do.|
|Marty on a horse next to us. Actually, he was on a donkey. haha.|
All in all, it was a great 4th of July!!