Sunday in Lorain, OH. My first (only) tri this year, and it felt great to pin a race number on again.
Swim course changed to inside the breakwall. (A typical risk for a late-August event; the Coast Guard didn’t want to scrape too many bodies off the rocks.) Too-shallow punctuated by sections of big rollers between the wall segments. But, a sprint swim is just a formality.
T1 1:31. No socks or shirt today. Felt slow coming up from the beach, probably not helped by the long running-swim exit (think: Hasselhoff).
Bike 39:26. Shoes on before mount, but buckled at speed. Feet out of shoes on bike. 14.3 mi @ 21.8 mph. I used my imaginary aerobars for a good bit of the downhill; next season might be time to relieve my sore elbows with a set of clip-ons. T2 1:05.
Run 25:19, 5k @ 8:09/mi. Out-and-back from the park through mostly industrial lakefront to more industrual area along the Black River. An almost-nice finish with a downhill, run along the boardwalk (pictured below), and steep uphill path to the finish line. Wait, is that the finish line? No, those are the swim mats: please make a 90-degree turn around this cone and *then* run ten more paces to the finish. Honestly, who throws their shoe?
Lorain’s Lakeview Park has pretty nice facilities; a long boardwalk above the beach, some sort of restaurant, and a big rose garden to boot. The transition are was small and manageable, with plenty of room for the 150-or-so racers.