by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team
I had transition set up! I was ready to race. I walked down to the swim start to do a quick warm-up. I was stopped. Start time had been moved up to avoid the coming storm. This race was going to start this year, regardless!
Pink caps! I happened to be in the third wave to take off. I quickly swam out to the swim start and the cannon sounded. I started on the far left working my way slowly to the right closing in on the first turn buoy. The first 300 was by farthest the smoothest swim start I have ever experienced. I did not feel the presence of another swimmer until after the first turn where we met some of the swimmers from the wave that had taken off 5 minutes earlier than ours
The swim continued to be very smooth. I worked my way around the wave in front of us trying to push myself to catch the next cap ahead of me. I came out of the water in 14:31 and 39th overall.
I ran into transition, grabbed my helmet, and worked on getting the strap in place. I couldn’t get the stinkin' strap! I gathered myself for a second and was able to clip in the strap. I mounted and was on my way down the road. I biked the course the day before so I knew what to expect. I hammered down on the bike and rode really hard the entire 12 miles really pushing up the hills with extra effort. The back half of the bike course had several gradual climbs that took a good number of watts and effort. At the turn around I could see the dark skies in the distance and wanted to be off the bike before any rain hit. I continued to push the pace and was very pleased with my bike results on the day. My bike split was 34:31 or 21.7 mph and 22nd overall.
A quick switch of shoes and head gear and I was on to the run course. I climbed up the first hill into the neighborhoods ready for a quick drink of water as I had not grabbed one in transition. A mile into the run the rain hit hard. It poured! I was drenched and the soles of my shoes were ready to slip out of my shoe with every step. I picked up my pace a tad bit at the turnaround but could never truly gather enough momentum with the pouring rain to pick up the pace. I gathered some energy in the last mile to get by a few runners and to finish strong. My run time was 21:56 or 7:05 mph and good for 29th.
I was 18th overall with a finishing time of 1:13:06. Besides the downpour I enjoyed the venue and the race support/volunteers on the course and off. I did partake in the free pizza and drinks after the race as well! I’ll be back Copper Creek, don’t you worry!