Ab0ve is a picture of a group of us at the Rip Van Winkle Gardens triathlon held on Sunday. Overall we had a great time, despite the fact that it rained the entire race - the last remnants of Fay. The swim - relatively uneventful, except for the fact that it never really opened up. I was constantly trying not to hit someone else, or avoiding being hit. Going through T1, I had some difficulty getting socks on with the wetness - I think at least on sprints I'll have to learn to leave the socks off. The bike was really interesting - I saw several people on the side of the road picking up their pieces after wiping out on the slick roads. I slowed to a near stop on the hard curves. T2 - cake. The run was on a pea gravel path through the gardens/fields. It was really beautiful, except for the massive manure pile we had to run by - really nice smell when you're already a little nauseated. Our group only had one injury - that was Cousin Miles who was a little too distracted by a fellow triathlete, and like a big dork, fell and busted his knee.
All in all, a really fun time. My times were:
Swim 13:37 (600m)
Bike 55:02 (18mi)
Run 17:44 (2.5mi)
I also felt that this sprint was more good prep work for IM-FL as far as packing/transition issues. It's amazing that as far as packing/prep work, a full IM is going to be just a little more work than a sprint.
Nov 1 is fast approaching...