’12 Steelhead tri…race report
June 9, 2012…alarm clock blasts at 3AM! Quick breakfast, get dressed, jump into the pre-packed vehicle and hit the road. An hour and a half later I am at the Ft. Huachuca main gate. Make my way to Barnes pool. Rack bike, air up tires and set up transition. Then I picked up my packet…#20. I go for a short run to warm up. I jump in the pool to warm up…swim a 50 and then they get us all out of the pool to line up for the start. Not much of a swim warmup! They are using a new timing chip system and start format. Time starts when you cross the timing “post”, you grab any lane and go. Not a very smooth system. I quickly find a lane and jump in…diving not allowed. I quickly get into my pace and can feel the lack of warmup. This pool always swims slow…altitude, lack of lines in on the bottom, narrow lanes. I jump out of the pool after 800 yards and have no clue what my time is…I didn’t set my Garmin right. Oh well. Out of the pool I am in 7th or 8th place. I pass a few people in transition…helmet, bike, go. While putting my shoes on I hit a rough spot followed by a pot hole…water bottle ejected. No worries, it’s only a 12 mile bike. The bike is rolling and then a 3 mile hill to the turn-around. I picked off a few more people and by the turn-around was in 3rd. Shortly after that I moved into 2nd where I stayed. According to my bike computer I averaged 26mph…zoom! Bike racked, helmet off, running shoes on. Away I go. Hat, glasses and number belt on on the run. I felt pretty good early on the run…of course the first 2k is down hill followed by a short 500 meter hill to the turn-around. I made up a little time on the leader but knew I wouldn’t catch him. 3rd was coming fast so my thoughts quickly changed to holding him off. With 1.5k remaining I got passed. I tried to stay with him but the legs were not having any of that. So I dropped back into my pace and crossed the line in 3rd. As for the new timing system…2 days later and still waiting for “official” results. New company dropped the ball and no backup (manual) timing. No complaints though…where else can you do a tri and get a tech-t for $15. Once they get the timing sorted out they will mail out awards.