|Signing the "Wall of Mussel" mural|
However, watching all those athletes compete at the Musselman 70.3 might have me a little tri-envious! For all the triathletes out there, if you are looking for a well-organized, fun sprint or half-iron triathlon that is located in a pretty town that is very family friendly, this is it! There is even a kids tri & a micro-tri on tricycles, which I'm told is pretty hilarious. The Sprint distance is on Saturday & the Half-Iron is on Sunday. They even have a Double-Mussel category for those masochistic enough to want to compete in both! Oh, and you can also do Aquabike in the Half-Iron distances.
|Coolest medal: Re-purposed bike gears!|
|I just like this picture :)|
We then drove the course & attempted to rack SD's bike. Unfortunately we couldn't take advantage of the night before secure racking because we left the race packet back at the hotel & you had to have your bike number attached to rack your bike....D'Oh!
Race morning we were up at 5 and out the door pretty quickly. Things moved pretty quickly pre-race. By the time SD got transition set up and we headed over to the water to check it out, they were announcing that the water temp was 78.4F....wetsuit illegal. Well, according to the rules, you can wear a wetsuit between 78-84F (I think), but you are then not eligible for awards. It was a big decision, wet suit or no wetsuit. SD decided at the last minute, no wetsuit.
He was in the 3rd wave and had a great swim....36:31 for the 1.2 miles
T1: 3 minutes
|Too bad I can't zoom this...he has a good pain face|
|Rockin' the bike!|
Bike: 2:55:10.....way faster than he anticipated! Great ride, Babe!
Then it was off on the run. He looked good coming out of transition, but the sun had just come out and the humidity was hanging like a wet blanket over everyone...I was a little worried, but thankful that he at least had a hydration belt to carry him through aid stations. There were 11 aid stations on the course, that were well stocked with water, Heed, Endurolytes, food and sponges.
Total Time: 5:25:18!!!!!!! 31/110 Age Group & 153/1000
So, Yeah, he has earned the right to be known at Half-Iron Dad (HID) on this blog from now on! ;-D
Congratulations, HID! You Rock!!!!!!
.......& maybe I will think about getting back into Tri for next season...Hmmmmmm.....