The Diamond in the Rough Tri is in Perryville, MD right by the I-95 bridge over the Susquehanna river. There were some fierce storms the day before and there was some threat to cancel the swim. But we woke to a pretty perfect morning and the swim was on. Game on. The course details for the sprint event were pretty short: 0.25mi swim, 7.8 bike, 2.5 run. My race plan was something like 6min even for the swim, 25 for the bike and 20 for the run with two 1-minute transitions even though I had no idea how long the trasitions may actually take on my first go at it. So I was hoping for something like 55 minutes which would have been top 10 overall last year. I looked at this like a one-hour asskicking workout. No reason to not go all out.
I was lured to the event by my friend Adam who's been competing in tris for quite a while now. This is a training run for him in preparation for the Nation's Tri in DC in a few weeks. We were both in the sprint so we were the first wave to start the day's events. After a brief warmup in the river, we floated around until we we got the start. I don't remember if it was a gun, airhorn or whistle- I was too amped up to destroy my first race.
The swim course was around 3 buoys then a run up a staircase then about 150yds to the transition area. I felt extremely strong during the first half and could tell I was tiring fast after the second buoy. The adrenaline was fading fast and I was pretty sure I didn't swim the straight lines my Garmin suggested and was sure I swam more of a wide loop. I came out of the swim with the 15th fastest split at 8:21. I could see Adam about 10 seconds ahead of me. I really would have liked to catch him on the bike but figured that was impossible
|Traded a little blood for 2 finishers medals|