This time took us to Daytona Beach. My younger sister, Hayley, came to visit us for the week and join me in the race. Daytona is about an hour and half away from Jax so we decided to make it an overnighter since we had to be there at 6am Saturday morning. We hadn't been to Daytona yet so it was nice to have 2 full days to see the sites and the beach while we were there.
While we were there we hit up the ever popular Harley Davidson store where we all got souvenir t-shirts and Jordan got to pick out his future bike. He was in bike Heaven :)
This is just a random bike not the one Jordan wantsSaturday morning was beautiful. We stayed in a hotel right where the race was being held so we just woke up grabbed our bikes and walked to the beach. Jordan and Hunter made it in time to capture some pics of us in action. As you can see the surf was AWESOME again. I have lucked out and had 2/3 races with great swimming conditions. This was a smaller tri than the one I did 2 weeks ago. This one had about 150 participants divided into 2 heats (men and women) which made it pretty nice on the swim because there were less arms and legs kicking me!
This area of the beach had a crazy sandbar that they warned us about. It's a good thing because someone could have seriously gotten injured! You can see Hayley, to the far right of the picture below, standing on the sand bar (water up to her ankles). Right in front of her it drops suddenly like 4 feet, no slope, just a huge 4 foot step (you can see a guy in the water right in front of Hayley with the water over his shoulders). So, when we were running out into the water on the start of the swim it got gradually deep up to our shoulders and then suddenly a HUGE 4 foot step that brought us back up to ankle deep! It made for and interesting start and finish on the swim.
I put arrows for me and Haylo because this is the only picture that we are both in.
Haylo got 1st in her age group and I got 3rd in my age group (we were in different groups). Hayley did AWESOME she got 5th in females overall!
Overall it was another great race. This one was a little shorter on the bike portion than the previous 2 races so our legs were still pretty fresh when the run started... however, one step into my run and I nearly collapsed with pain. I QUICKLY realized I forgot to take Aleve before the race (I can't remember the last time I ran without taking Aleve).... let's just say the run was interesting! I wanted to chop my left leg off and just quit because my knee hurt so bad. BUT it's getting fixed next week!! So no more pain for me... I can't even remember life without knee pain so this is pretty exciting.