Last year I completed the FIRM MAN 1/2 Iron Aquabike down in Narraghansett in September. Prior to that race I had not completed a 1/2 marathon. I then completed a 1/2 marathon in Salem a week later and then completed another one last month in Newton. With the training plan I started at the beginning of the year and some tweaking from Kurt, our team captain, I was confident I would be ready for this race on June 18th.
I competed in the Minuteman Sprint at the same race site last year. This would help with my familiarity with the location. I found out as a paratriathlete I would be in the first wave for the 1/2 with the Elites/Pros. It would make for a small crowd, and would hopefully get me out so when the following waves came by I would not get banged around too much.
Sue and Owen had plans to come down to the race site after Owen's swim lesson in the morning so my choices were to drive down as usual or get a ride with another athlete. Not wanting to deal with two cars I opted to find a ride. I was also worried about driving myself home after competing in a race that would end up taking me more than 8 hours to complete. I emailed around and Tim Clarke (Team Comp teammate) graciously offered to drive me down. I would have preferred to leave a little earlier, but grateful for the ride from Tim, he planned to pick me up outside of our place at 4AM. I was up at 3AM to get packed up, prepare my nutrition for the ride down and do my usually sharpie writing (S.O.T.H and PINGS) on my arms for encouragement. I also was able to bring Katie Lynch's sock again (read my previous race report for background) and it would later become SO important to me on the run.
Tim arrived and we hooked up my bike and we were off down to Freetown. The ride was quick and uneventful and we arrived down at the race site a little after 5:30AM. We parked and wandered over to pick up our race packets.
To my surprise, I looked up my race number and I was given #1. We went back to the car to get our gear and bikes and then lined up for body marking before getting into transition,
|In transition taken by Andrea B. (Comp teammate)|
|"Almost there" by Andrea B.|