A bit behind, writing this up in mid-August. The most lasting memory from this race is how HOT it was! The swim was a 400 meter pool swim. I was testing out a new sports bra under my tri suit -- big mistake. It was 50% cotton, so really absorbed and held on to a lot of water. Won't make that mistake again! No split times since there were no timing mats on this race and I didn't wear my watch. Oh well!
The bike is . . . well, anyone who's done this course can tell you it's the bike from hell. Seriously, there are some hills on this course that put the Columbia course to shame. There is a hill right in the last mile of the 14-mile course that you approach right after you round a corner and are faced with a wall of asphalt. Evil, evil hill (Skidmore Road).
The run was torture. It was a super hot day and by the time most of us were out on the run, it must have been in the 90's, and there was absolutely NO shade whatsoever on the run. And, no flat portions of the run either. It was either up or down.
Overall, this is a very challenging course once you get out of the pool. Biggest gripe for me is the lack of timing mats, so make sure you wear a watch and get your own splits. Plus, no finisher's medal or token of any kind, which is a bummer. Very enthusiastic and friendly volunteers. Nice low-key race in rural Carroll County.