This year was a little different. I had some really good fitness going into the early season and Raleigh half, but it has slowly dissipated as my life has been consumed by the endless tasks that come along with buying a new house, financing a new house, getting an old house ready for sale, and so on. Sort of the straw that breaks the camels back when you're already at maximum capacity on work/life/family/training balance, so training for me is the one that takes a backseat these days.
We were on vacation for a week at the Jersey shore with family as well, so what do you expect, 2 hr 5AM tempo rides before the family is up? Yes, definitely a good idea - once upon a time, but not right now.
STFU and give us the race report, right?
I felt ok but not great on the swim and came out of the water 2nd about 20 seconds behind eventual winner Dave Williams of Triangle Multisport. Dave would go on to break my course record by about 20 seconds, which is awesome, because I wasn't aware I had a course record.
On the way out I ran into this guy.
Out onto the bike I rode. I don't know about you, but if you don't ride a lot and don't do some harder interval workouts along the way, you may not go as fast as you are otherwise capable of. This is science-y type stuff and it makes my head wobble. But there you go. Four people people passed me. I hated at them but they saw my hating and put up their deflector shields.
OSB athletes Kari Mayhew and Kory Gray would podium, with Kari taking the belt buckle and Kory taking 3rd place!
After the race, Junior snoozed hard in the car, then we all snoozed hard at home. Battle at Buckhorn Triathlon is a great race and if you're nearby, you should join us in 2015.