For one thing, the swim takes place in a lake, and that means one important thing to me- I don’t have to worry about sharks. I’m not going to lie- alligators did cross my mind as we passed an Alligator Airboat Tour sign just a few miles from the race course. We pulled up to the course just as they were announcing water temp- 84.1. Definitely not wetsuit legal which was fine with me! The race location is really pretty- the lake was calm and a nice temp for swimming our 1000 yard swim.
Now on to the bike! The 18 mile course had rolling hills pretty much throughout with a few turns. It was nicely marked, and the only real vehicle traffic I encountered was at the turnaround point. The volunteers were quick to stop the vehicles and give bikes right of way. Being an out and back course, it was cool to be able to see team members along the way and cheer each other on.
Now on to the run. Race directors noted multiple times in describing the course that it was hilly. AND they weren’t kidding. Another out and back course, the run was challenging as temps had started to climb. Although it was hilly, there were extended portions in the shade, and I always mentally tell myself if there is an uphill, there is also a downhill!!! So I made the most of the downhills and actually enjoyed the run course. It is downhill to the finish which is awesome, and we had our teammates Mary and Mindi cheering us all the way in.
Mary and I spent the night close to the race site - check out our pre-race accommodations!
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