John Tanner State Park
April 25, 2009

Race morning dawned clear, comfortable, and beautiful as we drove to John Tanner State Park for the first local triathlon of the season. If you have not participated in one of the Tri the Parks series you are missing an incredible triathlon experience. From the safe venues, friendly volunteers, awesome race directors to the cool shirts, it is a great place to be with and meet new friends doing something you love.

The race began in a small lake with 6 waves spreading out the swim and making you feel quite comfortable with 500 of your best friends. I enjoyed the swim and came out of the water in a good position actually working with one of my teammates, Catherine Meihofer as I tried staying on her feet while swimming around the last buoy. She was quickly through transition as I struggled to get out of my wetsuit!

The bike was great with lots of rolling hills which I love, great scenery, and lots of men to pass along the way. That is one of the great perks of starting in one of the later waves! I ended up having a terrific ride and coming in first female on off the bike, although at the time I had no idea.

The run was next! The course gave us gently rolling terrain through the park and then out to the dirt path and the BIG hills on the run course all the way to the turn around. After the turn around I realized I was in first and if I could just run strong I might be able to hold on and win the race. I enjoyed the run and was able to see one of my athletes, Meredith having a great race. The finish line was in sight, lots of cheering, and a good finish to the first local Georgia triathlon. It is always fun to win, but even more enjoyable to talk with the “newbie’s”, and let them know what a great sport this is. My finish time was 1:02:56. I do have to say that I LOVE sprint race even though you race hard it is over pretty quickly compared to ironman races!

Thanks again to the awesome race directors, Bill and gang from All3sports, and seeing all our teammates having such a great day on Saturday.

See you at the races.
Laura