Race morning temp: 27 degrees, feels like 19 (their weather report, not mine)
Visibility: almost white out conditions (blizzard)
Wind: out of the North 12-20 mph (headwind)
There really isn’t much to add to that. We went, we raced. None of us have ever ridden in such extreme conditions. I remember looking down at one point in the race and noting that my front brakes were encased in an ice ball about 1/2 inch thick. It was crazy. Russ had a blazing run, but was forced to DNF due to technical difficulties with his fingers during the bike portion of the race. Todd and Steph (both competing in their first multisport race) competed as tough as they always do. Todd had a great run and finished strong on the bike, placing 11 in the men’s open category. Steph was one of the fastest women on the run, and battled the cold conditions on the long bike to finish as the 4th overall women. Her rear derailue froze and she lost shifting capability for some miles on the ride. Sean had a super race, all those grueling bike rides paid off for him. He finished with the fastest bike split on the team and came away with his highest placement to date, 7th overall male. Bryon suffered through some gut issues on the 9 mile run (he assured us it wasn’t the bottle flu) and a broken helmet clasp in transition. Luckily he felt better once he got on his bike and powered his way to an 8th place overall finish. My own inexperience with bike racing unfortunatly showed as I was unable to hold off last years winner with three miles left to go in the bike. I was telling myself to “be like Robert Ray” and was able to answer each of this gal’s attacks….except the last one. She was definatly the better racer that day. I still can’t believe we raced in a blizzard with a headwind for 52 miles…..
Great job to all TDG members. This one has got to be one for the books!