WARNING: this may be sappy and will contain no tips that will improve your time.....
This was a perfect race for me. After 27 years of doing triathlons I am no longer nervous and can just focus on enjoying the day. Went outside to check the weather this morning and was greeted by a full moon and soft air. When I got to the park and started walking down the hill to transition I was greeted by a gorgeous pink sunrise sky and Susie Montoya shouting my name. An auspicious start to the day.
Quick transition set-up and off to the tent where there were lots of hugs and smiles.
The water temperature felt perfect and the lake didn't smell hardly at all. I was very impressed with the safety of the swim. Lots of kayakers, in-water life guards with flotation devices, resting rafts and a huge police boat that looked capable of doing in-water open heart surgery.
My only complaint about the bike was that it wished it could have been longer.
The police and volunteers did an outstanding job marshaling a course that could have been dicey . Good traffic control at all turns and intersections and an out of the box solution to the Route 40 section by having us ride on the eastbound lane.
Tri Columbia races are the best for safety and organization .
Tried to pee on the bike without success so I lost a few minutes finding a port-a-loo at the beginning of the run. The run is my least favorite segment, but I wogged on looking forward to Gatorade Hill which was like a family reunion and provided much more energy than any Gus.
I think I grinned during the entire race, even whilst swimming. I had so much fun. What I love about this sport is that you get to decide how you want to participate. Do you want to go short or long? Do you want to try to go faster in the next race or not? Do you want to ride a sleek tri bike with zippy wheels or a clunky hybrid? There are hundreds of different stories and dreams all out together on the same course. How wonderful!