I had to get a long run in that day and I knew I'd want to be social while at the Expo, and not have that run hanging over my head, so I woke up at 5am and got it done before heading to North Bethesda. While I was less than thrilled hearing my alarm sound at 4:45am, it was worth it to get it out of the way. And the streets are so QUIET that early on a Sunday.
The 5k race was up first at 9am - it was reminiscent of high school cross-country with a start on Georgetown Prep's track and then a couple loops through the rolling golf course and around an athletic field. I went out too fast (big surprise), but I was happy to note that my legs didn't feel like lead the way they had during my long run in the morning. There were some speedy, speedy guys and girls out there, with Dawn and Calah coming in top 5 amongst women. I eeked in just under 22 minutes, which was fine.
|Pretty sure this was in the first two minutes of the race because I am smiling|
Mark Allen was the featured speaker and I listened in to his talk. I had just finished reading Matt Fitzgerald's book Iron War the day before and I was thrilled to have a chance to hear Mark Allen tell the stories behind the book. Epitome of what can happen if you don't give up. I also had a chance to catch up with friends, both those that I see often and those I don't get a chance to see regularly. It seemed like the triathlon community from the entire DC region was all at Georgetown Prep. I caught up with Kate and Blaine from Tri360 and spent some time talking to their Orbea rep about mountain bikes (very much in the market for one, yesssss!)
We closed out the day by watching the bike Time Trial on the Computrainer. Talk about a sufferfest (for those biking, not those watching). I've never ridden on a computrainer and it does NOT look easy. Everyone hauled and did great. Snapple snagged the overall top spot in the team competition for the third year in a row and our "A" team grabbed third - great job guys! We're already looking forward to having fun at this event again next year. A fantastic way to kick off the triathlon season (IF spring ever decides to arrive here, otherwise polar ice fishing will need to take the place of the swim).
|Partial team picture, missing a few people|