By Pro Triathlete Alex
After having a great week training and chasing Strava segment KOMs in Bradenton, Florida it was time to get back to business. I had a great week riding through the gated golf course communities and finding gators in just about every little pond. Every training session out here was like training in a safari.
We checked out the race course the weekend before the race, or at least we tried to check it out. Nathan Benderson Park is right off I-75 and meant to be the premier location for regatta races. This may be true, but it will take at least another year of construction before the park is up to par. We could only drive up to the far side of the park because the roads through the park (the same roads we would be racing on) were closed and still under construction. The whole place was just a big pile of dirt. Guess I better make sure I've got a spare wheel set in the pits and I'm going to be extra careful to keep my mouth shut during the swim. The water looks very milky and grainy from all the construction residue.