Sunday June 7th was the first local race in Michgan put on by Jim and Joyce Donaldson from Elite Endeavors. It was a wonderful day for a race; cool, overcast, great organization, great volunteers, and an even tougher course!
It was a special race for me as I have not raced back in my “home” state in a few years. I was able to meet up with old friends and more importantly I was able to race with many of my athletes. That turned out to be the best part of the day. Amy, Lisa (in her very first triathlon), Julie, Terese, Kelly, Jon, and Mark were out there on the race course along with most of my old Team Mongo teammates.
I was in the second wave being the older, wiser triathlete! It was fun to swim on the feet of King Yaeger. Drafting behing King allowed me to swim the straightest course I think I have ever swam. I wish he was at all of my races Then it was off on the bike…rolling hills, pretty scenery, lots of potholes, and a high heart rate all combined for a good bike split. The trail run was demanding with many hills, roots, an even higher heart rate all combined to make it one of the toughest trail runs I have the opportunity to race.
Since I finished early due to the wave starts, I was able to watch my athletes finish. Finishing with smiles, fast times, and great races gave me the biggest thrill as a coach. It was so cool. Seeing Lisa in her first tri swim an awesome time, watching Jon and Mark finish within seconds of each other, the smiles of Julie, Kelly, Amy and Terese made it the best day!
Ann Arbor Triathlon is a challenging, great race. Make sure to add it to your schedule for 2010.
**I had three athletes racing in Monroe, MI in the Race For Recovery Half Ironman on the same day. Nikki, won her age group, placing 7th woman overall, Anne was 4th in her age group, and Wayne won the sprint distance in his age group. Way to go!