Buckhead Border Challenge

10 Jul

Today was the most fun I’ve had participating in a triathlon. That’s because I did the Buckhead Border Triathlon with 2 of my best friends as a relay.

Amy, Jennifer, and I had discussed doing a relay triathlon this summer a few times. Amy is an great swimmer, Jennifer is a good runner, and biking is my favorite part. I suggested the this one because it started near my house and the course seemed nice.

The race was great. It was well organized and started on-time. Amy had to take a shuttle across the river because the swim started in Louisville. Jennifer and I walked back to my house and until close to her start time to walk back in hopes we would see her swimming. We did see some of the participants, but not her. She swam 1500 meters across the river in 31 minutes and 42 seconds. I was so impressed with her time.

 

We had discussed our transitions the morning of the race. It was decided the person coming in would take off the timing chip and place it around the next person’s ankle. I’m glad we planned that because I saw several teams waste time passing the timing chip.

I forgot to put my Garmin watch on so I wasn’t able to see my speed as I rode, but I felt like I was maintaining a good pace. I was able to pass some people, but I was also passed. After the turn around, there were a lot more bikers and I realized the sprint distance participants were catching up to me. I completed the 26 mile ride in 1 hour, 29 minutes, and 19 seconds for an average speed of 17.43 miles per hour, which is great for me. I placed the timing chip on Jennifer and she took off.

Jennifer had told us the night before that she had been having some shin pain while running. Both Amy and I were concerned because we didn’t want her to hurt herself, but she wanted to run. Amy bought some kinesiology tape and taped Jennifer’s legs while I was riding. Jennifer said it helped quite a bit and was able to complete a 6.2 miles in 1 hour, 13 minutes, and 49 seconds. This is fabulous time for having limited training. Our total time was 3 hours, 16 minutes, and 56 seconds.

After we finished the race we took my bike back to my house and went back to Buckhead’s for the post-race party, which included beer from BBC. After getting our beers, we went inside to cool-off and each lunch. While waiting for our food, we went back outside for the awards ceremony. However, something was messed up with the timing company and they couldn’t announce the winners. They did give everyone another beer though.

Overall it was a good race and I believe we will participate again next year.

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