This was Mom and my second triathlon of the summer. I was really excited about it for two reasons. First, because we had wrangled Elizabeth (one of my B.F.F’s) to do it with us, and secondly, because the course was easier and almost half of the distance than this one!
I felt more prepared and more at ease, knowing what to expect for the race and this one was really fun and much more relaxed than I expected it to be. It was more of a “fun race” and was not USAT sanctioned -meaning no number markings, fewer strict rules, etc. Kids 8 and up were in the race and it was a course that accommodated all ages and was also good for beginners.
I dont have much to say about the race, however it was well documented with pics. I will just recap you through the images.
While Mom and Peaches tried to beg the ladies at the front desk for a late check out (which I had previously asked for, and been rejected) Liz and I settled ourselves in beach chairs in front of the fake backdrop.
We picked up our race packets and got settled in our room before taking a few candids.
Mom and Liz
L to R: Liz, Peaches (Liz’s mom), Me, my Mom
The four of us used to travel many weekends together for soccer tournaments. It was just like old times!
Mom getting her gear ready the night before.
After getting settled in the room, getting our gear ready and meandering around the race course, we finally found a quaint Italian restautrant that we could get our pre-race carbo load in. This place was phenomenal!! It was kind of a hole in the wall, old gas station, make-shift restaurant, only takes cash and checks kind of place, however all of the recipes were family recipes that had been around for ages. It is a highly recommended stop if you are in the Pine Mountain, Georgia area.
After dinner, we made a quick stop at a gas station to get some snacks for the morning. While at the station, I spotted an old bucket outside of a nearby warehouse. I had made a big stink about everyone bringing a bucket to cart their gear in and then be able to use for a chair while changing in the transition area. Before I left, I asked CT3 for a paint bucket…he informed me we didnt have one and to take a mop bucket. I took the mop bucket, however was made fun of by my co-horts. That said, I was excited to gank this dirty old bucket from behind the warehouse and give it new life.
Upon returning to the hotel room, I took great care (and time) to clean out my bucket. It was 1/3 of the way full with some old sheetrock stuff that just needed to be wetted and scraped off.
The next morning, our gear was packed and we were ready to go. SANS MOP BUCKET, thank goodness!!
Pulling all of the bikes out of Mom’s trusty van a.k.a. The Dustbuster!
Liz putting on her best early morning happy face as she carries her bucket-o-gear and pushes her bike “Schwinny.”
We are all set and ready to go!! See that little black strap on my right ankle? Well, this picture was taken after I realized that I had lost my first one, Peaches and I had gone back to the hotel room and searched (much to no avail), and I had gone and begged the time chip people for a second one. Thankfully, we make it back with time to spare and sit for a few minutes before the race started…I found my chip. Somehow the velcro on it had gotten attached and tangled to the strap of my bra. Yes, my bra. Ha!
Here we are just prior to the swim. Mom was in a different age group that started a few heats after us.
Liz and I are somewhere out there, attempting to swim, but really just running into people.
Here is Mom coming out of the swim. Yall, can you believe that she finished SECOND in the swim out of everyone in her age group?? Pretty awesome for an almost 60 year old, huh??!
Liz and I are heading out for the 9 mile bike.
Mom is posing for a photo op on her way out of the transition area. She finished the bike leg of the race 6th out of her age group. WAY TO GO MOM!!!
The three of us coming in. We were watching for Mom to come over the hill and ran to meet her and finish together! Who is Mom waving at and what is up with my gimpy looking hand??!
The tri-athletes in front of the finish line.
Mom and I.
As mentioned, Mom did great. In her age group, I think there were 20 people. She came in 2nd in the swim, 6th in the bike and 10th overall. Liz and I did well too. Our swim time was right at 10 minutes, bike was 36 and run splits were 9:30 miles. I am doing my next August 9 and my goals there will be to break 10 minutes in the swim, do the bike in close to 31 and maintain my 9:30 run. We shall see!!