I got into this race through the lottery system. I signed up with a case of the F’ it’s for 10 bucks and sure enough I got it. It was the final travel race of the summer and what better way to end a racing tour with the Big Apple. I got to see some friends and see NYC from the outside for once and not from inside a bar. Life Time Tri is the company that put it on and they really do know how to hold organized races. I have not had a bad experience yet that has been a Life Time Tri. From the moment I went through the 45 minute course/race overview to leaving the transition area after the race everything was very organized. So without adieu here is the race report.
Pre-Race: 3AM Wake Up Call – WTF?
Yup this race starts early with the first wave at 5:50! We had busses from the hotel to the transition area which made getting through the city easy. We had to drop everything off the day before so transition setup was easy this time around. Had a chat with an official because the bike next to me racked their bike wrong and it sucks to be them, they got a 4 minute penalty before even starting the race. We had a nice mile walk up to the swim start on pavement that wasn’t even swept so it was not a fun walk barefoot. At time time it was about 5AM and it sure didn’t look like much of a current unless you looked at the wakes coming off of the boats. I was getting really excited for this 15 minute swim time. I was in the red transition so we had to wait till all the yellow transition people were completely finished before starting. Finally as the waves lined up in their corrals it was time to start. I’m used to only like 10 people in Clydesdale here there was 41 of us! I really have some people to race.
Swim: 15:12 4th out of 41
I was literally the last person in the water. They had us going every 20 seconds in groups of 10. We weren’t allowed to dive which really sucked but I can understand why. Some people are just not bright and dive straight down instead of shallow and out. Once in the water it had a salty funky taste and yeah I couldn’t see past my hand. I tried not to focus on it too much and just swam. I wanted that 15 minute swim. Not only did I weave my through the other swimmers but I swam over several swimmers just floating there. I’m not sorry for swimming over anyone doing the breast stroke or floating down stream anymore. This is a race and if you’re a slower swimmer stay out of the middle! There was a small exit ramp that made getting out of the water suck because there was a lot of people there so I wasted probably 20-30 seconds waiting for people to get up the ramp. Next up was to get out of the wetsuit for an almost 1 mile run into transition.
Bike: 1:38 6th out of 41
The bike course was challenging and had some rollers. But what made it difficult was the rain. I had never raced in the rain before, in fact I don’t even ride in the rain. Again with so many other races I spent a lot of time flying by slower people and yelling “On your left”. There were a few sections of road that were just horrible in terms of creases in the asphalt and pot holes. In fact I lost my entire water bottle cage 4 miles into my race from all the damn bumps and vibrations. So long electrolytes and carbs. There were some technical turns that I really slowed down more than I should have but that’s after the fact because there were a lot of people who crashed their bikes for not slowing down. I kept a 19.6 MPH average and felt absolutely great through the entire bike. In fact I probably should have pushed harder but I really didn’t know my legs would be on the run. Finally getting into transition I’m ready to hop of the bike in the middle of the dismount and this guy makes a complete stop in the middle sideways on his bike. I crash into him and he proceeds to tell me I’m the one at fault for him completely blocking the bike in. F that guy and he needs to learn to keep the right or to the left if he’s going to completely stop. Then he needs to learn to never turn his bike so he’s blocking the bike in from other racers coming in.
Run: 1:04 23rd out of 41
Well this run again had no flats at all. Not to mention it starts with a steep climb out of the river park that was congested with walkers. The best part of this run was the spectators. The entire street of 72nd St was lined on both sides giving us high 5’s and cheering everyone on. It was really energizing and it really didn’t seem like it was a close mile run into Central Park. The course winded through the northern part of Central Park along the road. Again there were people lining both sides of the street and I was having an awesome time. while holding a pretty good pace at 10:06 for me. It wasn’t until mile 4.5 or 5 that having not having any electrolytes or carbs outside of the gu packets (of which I lost 2 out of my tri kit) started to catch up to me. I could feel some cramping in the quads and hamstrings and I had to do a little bit of walking but not a whole lot as the sun was starting to heat things up and really bring that humidity out. Was able to run through the finishing shoot and I eased up right before the line to let the challenged athlete soak up some spotlight time crossing the finish line. As I was running it in I saw my friend Nick’s wife Lindsey cheering me on.
Finishing up: I’ll do it again.
I had a lot of fun and aside from some of the race mishaps I really enjoyed it. I will do this race again but probably not till after 2016. I love New York and I loved having the chance to race here as my summer travelling wraps up. I highly recommend this race at least once to every triathlete.