This race was put on by Set Up Events and was definitely one of the most well run races I’ve done. The little town of Easton proved to be charming and fun with excellent places to stay and really nice dining options too. My decision to race this venue was a last minute change of plans after Tri Columbia pretty much fell through (duathlon/new mngt), so we were scrambling to find hotel rooms. The Tidwater was gorgeous but did not have a fridge or microwave. Nick agreed to share his “beer cooler” with some of my water bottles. I love to drink my salty Osmo Nutrition preload cold in the am. My parents drove down from Maine to spend some time with Nick and I, strolling through the quaint historic town streets the day before the race.
It was really a fantastic weekend with perfect weather. Nick & I arrived at the engineering school where the race site was held and parking was a breeze. It is rare to see volunteers so well trained and effective for a race only in its 2nd year, but getting my timing chip, body marking and setting up my rack went off smooth with their help. I did a little run warm up to calm my nerves before my parents arrived at the race and noticed how well marked the course was with clear and obvious signs on where to go to do a 2nd run lap vs finish…something I have mixed up on numerous occasions. I knew it would be a good day. My family helped me put on my wetsuit (thanks Endorphin for the amazing Tyr wetsuit rental) and after a quick warm up they hugged me before the race start.
Swim: I had received the wrong color swim cap and only realized this minutes before the start of the swim when I knew I was in the 2nd wave, but my cap did not match the congregating group. Luckily, I asked around and some volunteers pointed me to the race director, Greg, who told me to just swim in my AG wave and I’d be fine. He was prepared with a chart in his pocket of all the waves and colored caps. Then, he proceeded to the microphones and asked them to make an announcement about the caps in case anyone else had a similar issue. I was pretty amazed by that responsiveness and attention to detail. I love race directors who really care about the details and remedy mistakes quickly.
The water was 69 degrees and slightly salty with an in water start. The morning was mildly windy with a very slight feel of a current going out but generally a very friendly waterway. I went off strong and the start seemed really aggressive. I found feet right away, and really loved the feel of the Tyr suit. My old wetsuit was too big and I think the Tyr was properly fitting and felt fast. I did wind up swimming alone by the 1st buoy though and having been dropped, lost the fight. The swim was uneventful with easy sighting and minimal turns back to the boat house. I wasn’t pushing hard enough.