As some of you may know, I lost my beloved bike a little over a week ago. After several days of intense grieving I began the search for a new bike. Travis, Mike and Alan at Princeton were sympathetic, patient, informative, supportive and very generous with their time. There was a lot of suspense as to whether the most likely candidate would arrive and be built up in time for my race. It all came together last Saturday, just in time. I rode it up some hills to make sure I could handlle the change from a triple in the front to a double. I was a little nervous about riding her the first time on Sunday in the race because the Carroll County course has a few signficant hills.
Part two of the story is that I was doing this race with Nadel, my mentee who had never done a tri before. Lee Green, a new member was also doing his first tri. One of the things I love most about this sport is seeing people cross the finish line for the first time.
Anyway, arrived at the race site by 0530 to pick up my packet, set up my transition area and help get our tent set-up. Last weekend I volunteered at the Eagleman tent. This weekend Kristen, Deano and Debra who all raced last weekend were on hand to return the support. Brian Pomeroy, volunteer extraordinaire, volunteered for the second weekend in a row and Winsome and her husband Ben helped in making our tent a welcome oasis in the heat.
The swim is a 400 meter pool swim that utilizes 10 lanes with 2/lane. This meant that the first group went in at 0700 and the last group didn't start till 0930. I had an interesting expeience during the swim. After about two laps I noticed that my chest felt tight. I switched to breathing every stroke and waited for the feeling to subside all the while marveling at the fact that anything can happen in this sport. During Columbia I felt totally comfortable in the water, unfazed by all the sometimes rough traffic, and now here I was alone in a lane in a pool having a few laps of anxiety. Go figure.
I was very happy with my bike. Got up all the hills, felt very comfortable on her and felt faster and stronger on the flats.
The 5K for this race always feels longer than 3.1 miles. It's an out and back along an undulating asphalt road with no shade. The good thing is the support you get from and give to runners as you pass them. Smiles, "looking goods" and "great jobs" abound.
All our Club members finished and were all smiles when it was over. It was thrilling to be in the presence of so much new found personal accomplishment!
This race filled this year so remember to register early next year. It's a wonderful race for first timers.