I signed up two weeks ago on a whim. I've done this race twice before and always enjoyed it. Got up earlier than I ever have (0330) and drove up with Dawn. Took less time than I remembered and we arrived before the Park was open. Ran into Wade Gaasch and we chatted and waited. The race was much smaller this year and there were fewer ammenties (zip in the "goodie" bags). Weather was sunny, the river was smooth and the swim would be wetsuit legal....off to a good start. Lots of MMTCers, Shawn Rakes, Deano, Don Knott, Steve, speedy, Meininger, Brian Pomeroy, Michael Bryant, ML Hanson also........ the Mayor.
The course infrastructure has been improved. There are now wooden steps from the water at the swim start and finish instead of the "walk the plank" ramp of two years ago. Also, on the bike course, the flat section before Port Deposit has been gloriously repaved and is now silky asphalt instead of the crumbling, pot-holed surface of two years ago.
I enjoyed the race a lot. The swim was not rough, the bike was gorgeous and I was able to really push myself on the run while feeling cheerful at the same time. The volunteers were outstanding!
Our guys took home lots of hardware. Steve Meininger came in 4th overall and first in his age group. Don, Deano and ML all came away with awards. Shawn completed his first Olympic distance race and Brian was very fast, despite a nagging injury. I know I'm leaving someone out, but if I go and check the results I'll time out on the race report page and have to write this all over again.
Now it's time for the hard training days coming up in the next five weeks to be ready for Timberman. I'm excited and nervous but here we go.........