#USATCN12

USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Nationals lived up to the hype last weekend, and showed how the event is the breakout event for a lot of soon-to-be pro triathletes. As soon as you pulled into Tuscaloosa, you could feel the energy in the air, and everywhere you looked were triathletes running, cycling, or with their wetsuits half on heading into or out of the river. That energy led to 1:54:xx top male time, and the top female wasn’t far behind with a 2:06:xx. I got a chance to race the event by snagging one of the few slots left in the open division a week and a half out. I would have traveled to the event to coach the Georgia Tech Triathlon Team anyway, so this worked out well. As the first real race of the season, I surprised myself with a PR, even with a 2:00 penalty for overtaking…I’m pretty sure it was uphill and I coasted to give the 3 bikes length, but no use in complaining about it now. What I did learn was that PowerGels go down smooth and keep me at threshold with a clear head and happy gut for 2:21, and that I’m still working toward earning my gills. The GT team had a solid day all around too, with top 25 OA, 3rd place open female, and a good number of PRs all around. Everyone was in good spirits all weekend, and the team starts gaining points towards next year’s Collegiate Nationals at Rev3 Knoxville next weekend. I’m going to try a different format and post the race in parts in pictures, so enjoy!

 

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Yeah...I found that as I was setting out everything for race morning the night before...
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One of the female waves. There's a GT member in there somewhere!
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Notice how she's barely over the mount line...in a race of 1300+ that leads to...
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...A mess like this! I lost count of how many girls fell over and dropped chains trying to clip in up this hill in a huge jam
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GT chica out on the bike
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GT guys after the olympic race and waiting for the relay to start for a few of them
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Some of the girls on the team. We couldn't seem to get more than a few of them to stay in one place long enough for a picture
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2 PRs right here...and the aftermath that comes with
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"That's at least a 400 to transition, and this wetsuit is totally messing up my run form..."
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Let's describe the swim as steady pace, and the run; well...I'm not really sure what happened there
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I wonder if there's a way to change the clock time to my actual finish time...I may even change to the Facebook timeline with that as my banner if I could
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Literally :15 before a volunteer came over and escorted me to the barricade to make sure I didn't fall over
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Yes those are toe warmers and yes it was like 70* out. I don't do cold, or even slightly chilly
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"Damn you headwind!"
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Yeah; I'm pretty sure I wasn't moving very fast at this point either, though my runner score(runners passed-minus-passed by) was +20-ish on the run
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You have no idea how excited I am for this to have been my last race in that wetsuit and now I'm into my blueseventy. SOO excited
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1st male wave(?)
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Last female wave
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No one wanted to jump into the water and tread until the gun went off, and I didn't blame them

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