Galveston 70.3 Highlights, Stories and Mishaps
April 02, 2012
Galveston 70.3. 3rd Overall. Swim 25:52 + Bike 2:24:44 + Run 1:26:10 = Total 4:20
I'm not going to bore everyone with my typical race report. To be honest nothing felt good and nothing felt bad but just somewhere in between. I was pleased with 3rd for my first 'tri' (not beach run) of the season but definitely not satisfied! It's my best 70.3 result in about a year and I'm happy to be on the podium.
Some highlights, stories and mishaps from the weekend...
-We had the pleasure of staying with the McBride family in a nice rented beach house which was about 6 miles from the race site. It was nice being away from all the hype and having home cooked dinners every night.
-Enjoyed a pre-race dinner at the beach house with the Daerr's and Mcbride's. Great food and some good laughs.
-When I arrived to transition on race morning, I realized that I left all my nutrition and water bottles back at the beach house. After my brief freak out, I saw Heather Fuhr who saved the day. She went out of her way to help me find whatever gels and water bottles she could find. I quickly filled up two bottles with gels and taped some GU chomps to my bike. I'm not even sure how many calories I had but probably could have used more. On the run I grabbed a gel at the first aid station and it almost made me gag. No idea what flavor it was or if it even was a flavor but it was disgusting. After that I just went to coke and hoped to survive. The good news was I didn't have any GI issues!!!
-After I was all set up and ready to go I was waiting for Brandon to walk to the swim start together. He was in line at the port-a-potty. We had about 25 minutes until the swim start (and about 5 minute walk or so) and once he got out of the port-a-potty he decides he wants to change his race suit. Really? Now? To summerize B's comments he said I really don't want to be in a situation where I have to make a pit stop in a white one piece race suit. My response was that's probably a good idea! So he changed in transiition area with a T-shirt pulled up around his waist. I don't know how he got both of his legs and hips through the neck of the T-shirt but he did and we were off to the swim start in 5 minutes
-Had the best 900 meter swim I've had in a long time. Unfortunately it's a 1.2 mile swim.
-The spectators and volunteers out on the run course were amazing. Thank you for all the support and cheers!
-I have moved from DFL to 80th on the KPR list. Still have a ways to go if I want to qualify for Kona this year but it is a step in the right direction.
-Dinner post race at Fisherman's Wharf with Brandon and the McBride family. Delicious food and good company. It was made more interesting that the only person in the McBride family suitable to drive home was the the 6-year olds Grandfather. It was a kind of had to be there moment but... the only prescription glasses that he had with him were his sunglasses. It was dark. That should be enough information to let your mind wander on how the trip home went! None of us have laughed that hard in awhile but we all made it safe and sound.
Next up is New Orleans 70.3 on April 22nd.
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