of the season today at Presque Isle. It was pretty blustery with the winds out of the Northeast which made for the worst non-cancellation swim of the year. I'm actually glad they didn't cancel the swim even though there were 3-4 footers rollin' in. Once you swam a little way out of the surf it really wasn't all that bad. It was bad I guess if you breathe to the side that the waves were coming at you, which was to the right. That's why it always pays to practice bi-lateral breathing!
It rained on and off for most of the race, which is fine because I LOVE to run in the rain and it kept things cool. The race length was a .35 swim / 13.5 bike / 3.5 run.
I'm very happy with my race today, but I honestly wasn't expecting very much from it, just some good fast work to get ready for cross. I was strong on the bike, (1st. a.g, 4th. o.a) 26.7 mph. and felt good on the run (6:20's) to finish 7th. overall and 2nd. in my age group in the open tri division which had 277 racers. There were another 72 racers in the Team competition.
Tony had a good race but was a little disapointed. He wasn't able to get out on the bike very much this past week and had a very light week of training but a heavy week of studying and a few days of work. He said the legs were not responding the way he would have liked. I say he did pretty good though with a 15th. overall finish and 1st. in his 16-19 age group! Tony and Doug Sedivy battled it out with Doug besting Tony by 10 seconds, nice job you guys. Doug was 3rd. in the 45-49 age group and was running on a sore knee today to take 14th. overall.
Brian Stern won our age group and was 5th overall. Brian and I had 33 in our age group. Once again Kevin Park was the Overall winner. Kevin has had a great season this year and seems to be getting stronger. Nice work Kevin.
Next season I will advance to the 45-49 age group....I don't know if that's good or bad, kind of bittersweet I guess. I do know that I won't have to contend with Brian and Kevin anymore as far as age groups go and have to settle for 3rd.s all the time. I just might have a chance to get a few age group win's next year if I'm lucky.....
Good Luck to those racing at Camp Manatoc and the Presque Isle TT tomorrow.