We drove to Asheville on Friday. As all vacations, I ate my way through Asheville & fortunately Audrey enjoys dining out just as much I as do. Friday we ate at Doc Chey's for dinner. Saturday we tried Wicked Weed Brewery for lunch, then had a chai latte at Double D's Coffee & then Tupelo Honey for dinner. Sunday after the race we ate at Corner Kitchen, celebrated National Ice Cream Day at The Hop & then had an awesome Italian dinner at Vinnie's. I did not have a bad meal anywhere. It's amazing I only gained 2 pounds over the weekend!
|Seriously the best spaghetti & meatballs I have ever had. |
Although I tend to think all food after a race/long workout is
the best I have ever had.
After very little quality sleep the Sunday 4:45AM wake up came way too soon. The triathlon started at 6:45AM so that gave us time to get ready, drive, park, walk the 1/2 mile to transition, get setup & use the facilities. I think it was the first time that I didn't feel like I was waiting around forever for the start of the race.
The swim was awesome - my favorite pool swim to date. The swim was 400 meters in a 50 meter pool with 8 lanes. So everyone was always swimming in the same direction. This allowed for swimmers to start every 5 seconds which meant I only had to wait about 10 minutes after the race started. Thanks to all the rain & cooler weather the water was pretty darn cold. I sighted for most of the first lap because of the cold water. After that I found my rhythm.
|50 Meter Pool|
T2 was easy & I was out on the run. They advertised a flat & fast 5k. Well, fast is a relative term for me & by Asheville standards it was pretty flat. There was a hill out of transition but the rest of the 5k was pretty flat & shaded. Once again I forgot my inhaler so my breathing on the run sucked. I took one short walk break at the first water stop but ran the rest of the way.
Overall, this was a slow race for me. I just felt slow all around but I haven't been training seriously this year so I was OK with the results.
|Asheville Tri 2014||400 m Swim||11.6 mile Ride||5K Run|
|Audrey & I after the finish|
|Fair warning - the women's T's run itty bitty.|
We were able to size up after the race though.
|What the trail looked like in March 2013.|
|Post race/hike chill|