Anyhoo, I was not really that psyched leading up to the race. I wasn't sleeping well (which I attribute to some anxiety that I'd race poorly) and since the last tri, North East, I only ran a few times. There wasn't much to do anymore so what is it you really do in this case?
I had lined up the weekend to stay with some of my best friends in Alexandria, VA. So after swinging by the Etihad Airways sponsored Expo at the Hilton and dropping off my bike at transition Saturday morning, we headed over to our friends' Drew and Lisa's house. We unloaded and started to unwind after the drive and catch up on everything. Being friends of mine from Penn State, we cracked a few beers to start watching the Penn State football game. As comes with being Nittany Lions, the beers kept flowing.
I kept the drinking in check and managed a bed time of 10pm with a 5:00 alarm. Another light night of sleep but I was ready to rock at 5. Drew dropped me and Kristen off at 6 and I said my goodbye to Kristen and made my way to transition to prep for the swim and leave my gear with my bike.
|Adam and I ready to finish the season.|
Not when the swim's canceled!
Adam asked if I was still drunk and explained to me that in the previous evening's rain, the Patomac got a little poopy so the swim leg was canceled and that he knew about it by 11:00 the previous night and texted me about it at 3:30. Holy crap dude, at least try to sleep. I didn't bother to check my phone for any messages or emails from the race regarding any news. We had such a small amount of rain I couldn't imagine it would impact the race.
The ONLY leg of a race I have an advantage over most of the field and I don't get to do it. That only meant one thing to me: Bloody Marys about 30 minutes earlier than previously planned.
|Pre-Brunch post-race bloody with grilled cheese garnish. Courtesy Evening Star in Alexandria.|
Notable about the course: as I mentioned, 2000+ racers and a double loop course means it gets crowded. With roads shut down, the course was mostly navigable and fun but a few pinch points and one could imagine a few fights break out due to some carelessness of some riders to not keep right.
|Leaving for the bike|
|Finishing... behind some dude in a t-shirt.|
|Finding Kristen in the crowd and headed in for the kill.|
|My fan base was pretty unimpressed with my race.|
|Just a badass you should see.|
|Adam giving it hell and finishing strong|
|Done for 2014!|