Lovely beach start and great spot to hang out before the race. this was the day before and it was lovely
the weather was a little different by the next day and by the time the old ladies started...
walking to the start the morning of the event, some people came quite prepared. there must have been 10-15 people under the tarp...
again, the day before the event, the is the "sandbar run" part and start of the swim upstream..
the day before we'd done bike dropoff and as FMTRI has recently changed the rules for aerobars I had to move the bars even with the brakes (in an imaginary line) so i wouldn't get a 30 second penalty. that's not so bad but if i do another race with this rule in place the next infraction is 2 minutes and then I think you get a DQ your 3rd. So i didn't want to start the penalty cascade. unfortunately at bike dropoff they said that while the bars didn't exceed, I needed a solid bar going between the two aerobars or I'd still get the penalty. Not to be deterred, she took my information and then Jamie and I fashioned a "bar" by affixing a tire lever across with bars with black electrical tape. So now it sure LOOKED like I had a bar there and that was all FMTRI needed not to penalize me.
The day of the event started out with grey skies and by the time we old ladies finally started the sky was dumping cats, dogs, lizards, sharks, fish, Everything was coming down. It was raining hard enough to make it difficult to see once in the water but they bouys were nice and bright. however, that didn't stop teh entire wave in front of us from cutting 2 of the bouys. once i realized we were following them in cutting the course i headed back to the bouys and went around. i'm no longer looking to podium in my age category but looking to where i am overall and it was a little disappointing to see all those women in the first wave cutting a good portion of the swim course.
Doesn't this look like the most fun ever?