This was a race a friend suggested to me for preparing for IM Wisconsin so I went ahead and signed up.
I grew up in the country, and I didn't realize how much I have changed until I came back to the country. Luray is small town living, it is a place where everyone knows everyone and the town (from what I saw) was very hospitable to the triathletes coming into town.
Took the family down and we had a good time, met some friends from work, and took a preview of the course with the family. Later, I found Mike Barone and we coordinated logistics for the morning of. My wife and I really thanked Mike so she could sleep in with the kids and show up at the site a few hours later. Thanks again Mike!
This was a C race so the week leading up I did all of my volume preparing for IM Wisconsin and decided to put all of my intensity workouts into the race.
On race day, I decided to do a full warm up for this race and ran 15 minutes, then biked the run course, and went into the water to swim a bit.
It was to hot for the wetsuit so I didn't wear it. I don't like overheating in it, it might have been better for practice, but I have ample opportunities for swimming in it. The swim course was different than anything I had ever seen it looked like a box with an "M" in the middle. Swim started fine and I felt good with my strokes, riding feet, and sighting as needed. There was a yellow buoy that was in the middle of the lake that was to be used for sighting but not to turn on. Well I turned on it and found myself putting in a few extra hundred meters for the swim. Glad I was training. Saw my children and gave them a high 5 on the way to T1.
Swim 1.2 miles (only 1500 M counted) 31:11. :-)
The bike course is a somewhat challenging course for maintaining speed, my opinion is that it is on the same toughness scale as Columbia, but a different kind of toughness. I don't know if that makes since. It was a two loop course with lots of rollers and a couple of climbs. Seemed like there was a lot of false flats that had enough incline to stop your momentum but not too hard to peddle through. I didn't have that short course speed that I normally have this time of year, which makes since because of the endurance training. good climb coming out of the water and coming back into T2. Received a standing ovation from my children coming in.
Bike 25 miles 1:13:24, 20.4 MPH
The run course was a 1.5 mile loop, yes that is right a 1.5 mile loop. Out and back, then out and back again, some shaded parts, some steady climbs, not a lot of flat. I caught most of the swimmers who left me behind on the last 1.5 mile loop coming in, counting ten triathletes in that portion. So the endurance training finally paid off. I hate to say it but as I went by I went into high zone 5 and stifled my breathing to make it look like I wasn't trying to go so fast. Is that wrong? I could hear the sighs out of some of them....sorry fellas but I have been there. It will soon be replaced with better memories! My children were estatic seeing me finish! That is the best part!
Run 6.2 miles 43:12 6:58 min mile
It was a little warm on Saturday, but nothing too heavy, a little humid and if you decide to do this next year take bug spray the gnats are ridiculous. Oh no finisher medals at this, nice long sleeve t shirt though.