Well, triathlon season (kindof) started for me. I decided to open with a relay at Leon's triathlon. I opted for the relay b/c I wanted to support the Crush Athletes/ Jeremy (the RD and Crush Founder) so I volunteered to take pictures of Crush Athletes after my swim. I also had a little set up for M4M so figured i had enough going on and swimming .9 would be enough for the weekend.
Saturday, I headed down to Hammond for mandatory packet pickup. This can be a little annoying for those that are far away and I decided to just get a hotel for the evening. Got there right when it opened, set up my little M4M table and got my packet with my team. After we got our timing stuff and shirts, i took a quick dip in the water. Water was decent, could have been worse.
First, gotta say it was really weird only bringing a wetsuit to the race. I woke up regretful that I was only doing the swim. Drove about 10 minutes to race (parked at HighSchool across the street.. nice to have a large free parking lot across the street). The wind and temp dropped like crazy while we were waiting to start and then i didn't feel as bad only doing to relay :) The race had a nice military tribute with a Garrison Flag Ceremony and then the swimmers lined up.
|Seeing a girl I have known since elementary school!|
|They had a paddleboat water leg option!|
Was happy to see the huge Garrison Flag hanging (our sighting flag for the finish). The water started getting really cold toward the end of the swim. Got out, ran to transition... tagged my teammate and i was done. It was a weird feeling to be in transition and be done. Mike grabbed his bike and dropped the hammer for the ride. I changed into dry clothes in a corner of the tent and probably mooned some people and then took pics out on the bike and run course. Loved cheering on my team and Crush teammates! It was so cold and some of the athletes looked miserable on the bike with the wind. I also witnessed a wreck! Was thankful no one (or no bikes) were hurt but it was still scary to see.
|Mike about to make a pass|
|Relay Team. Mike wearing race shirt|