Since the weather had been hot and humid over the past week and Saturday was going to be the same the race directors decided to move the start time from 7am to 6:30am. They also shortened the race. A 1 mile swim instead of 1.2. The bike went from 56 miles to 30. And, the run was 6.2 miles instead of the 13.1 that it is normally.
After I finished I watched some of the swim starts.
Bike start, where I learned not to try a new bike mount and to keep my water bottles in front on the bike, rather than behind the seat. People with bottles behind the seat lost more bottles while mounting than those with them in front. Bottles were flying everywhere from those types. Also, some people tried to get on bikes using the Flying Squirrel (youtube it) and others got on with shoes already attached to the pedals. I rarely saw a Flying Squirrel mount that did not result in a stumble or crash. Those with shoes attached had issues with the shoes scraping the road and getting their feet in them. Their feet were usually dirty with grass on them, which I think would bug me and cause blistering.
1. Greg Bennett, USA 2:00:24
2. Joshua Amberger, AUS 2:01:37
3. Joe Umphenour, USA 2:02:44
1. Kelly Williamson, USA 2:10:53
2. Jodie Swallow, GBR 2:14:55
|Kelly Williamson (?)|