Hey Peeps, here is the rundown of my relay race of Beach 2 Battleship 1/2 Iron.
A beautiful sunrise off the balcony in the morning. The temps were chilly in the morning, but a high of 70 degrees when the run leg was to start at 12:30.
Tony & Mary ("the swimmer") getting ready to take the shuttle to the swim start.
(Mary did the swim in 31:34)
Bike to Run transition, ready to take Michelle's ("the biker") chip and do my thing.
(Michelle did the bike in 3:14:25)
I felt great! I didn't have any problems with my knee. The volunteers, the aid stations, and crowds were awesome. The course was well planned out, it went up through downtown, several neighborhoods, and a really peaceful park. The shady parts really helped when I started feeling hot. I was so glad I got a glimpse into what it takes to do a full 1/2 Iron. I was blowing past a lot of people that were obviously feeling "the bricks," encouraging them to push through and dig deep. They didn't know I was a relay and had fresh legs. It taught me to take my own training for the Eagleman 09' very seriously.
I killed my old PR by 10 minutes 22 seconds!
(can you believe it BP?)
Team Chix Mix!
Michelle "The Biker", Me "The Runner", & Mary "The Swimmer"
and even better........
~2nd Place all Female relay team~
(so what if there were only two all female teams, it felt great to hear our names and place)
Full IronMan Winner-8:47:25 (amazing)
With every "inaugural" race there are always snafu's. This one was huge. They didn't have enough boats (only 2) to transport thousands of people over the cape fear river to the parking destination. Each boat could only hold 30 people at a time. We had to stand in line for over two hours to get to our car. I would hate to see the race directors email box. They had a dude with a golf cart offering water, soda, donuts to calm nerves. I said, "hey next year you might want to get more boats." I was just "the runner" and felt sorry for the full and half racers that had to stand in line that long. Overall it was a blast and I'm thankful!