By Candice Taylor
The alarm goes off at 3am and I am ready to roll out of bed on a Sunday morning. It’s RACE DAY for the Pensacola Triathlon. I chow down on some eggs and waffles then throw the gear in the car. For the drive over I brew extra strong coffee and have an iced tea to amp me up. I blasted to one of my favorite Pearl Jam concerts enroute - ready to pump me up for the race. When I arrived at the race site I am excited - the water is calm and the weather is perfect!
I grab my gear, bike and music. This time I put my My Morning Jacket on the playlist as I head to transition. During my pre-race warm up I catch glimpse of the moon shining over the bay, no better way too calm my pre-race “jitters”. This race has an early start of 6:15am and as the sun starts to rise I head on down to the swim start. it’s self seeding with men going first and wetsuit legal. The swim was awesome, water temps were just right and you could hear the crowd cheer you on along the sea Wall. I hop out of the water and see my teammate Christine is ahead of me, she yells out some motivation as I approach T1.
A quick transition and I am off on the bike with a cool ride up Scenic highway and fabulous views of the bay. There is one pretty good climb up Langley Avenue. The course is an out and back going through downtown and Northeast Pensacola. There are some some turns throughout the course, but it was well marked. Anytime I can ride without a lot wind I am a happy girl, so it was a good bike day!
Back at T2 and my time could have been a little better there..... my legs are feeling it from the ride. But here we go! The run course is two loops through Downtown Pensacola and it was flat and fun. I appreciate the words encouragement from spectators, volunteers, and other racers throughout the course.
As I run towards the finish of my 2nd loop I hear “Born to Run” By Springsteen on the speakers and I have to smile. Not only did I finish strong on my run, but I crossed the finish line with a song from The Boss! A pretty epic way to finish. Overall, it was a good day, I was 3rd Overall Female and pleased with my day. You never know what you will get on race day. The Pensacola Triathlon had the perfect race conditions, great weather, good course, and a nice after party.
Thanks to all our team sponsors for making 2018 possible - I am proud to be a part of the SISTER CHAIN TRI TEAM!
Candice Taylor (2:28:07) 3rd OA female, 1st AG 35-39
Christine Bosau (2:30:35) 1st AG 55-59
Sprint Distance (500m swim, 20K bike, 5K run)
Susan George (1:21:19) 1st AG 55-59