Ryan Hudson is a proud member of District Multisport, in for his third season.
While I was finishing my transition set-up and admiring the nutrition of the guy next to me -- a Powerade, coconut water *and* a full jar of pickle juice -- it was announced the race would be starting 15 minutes earlier than scheduled.
Fortunately, like most triathletes, I am quick to adjust and never have a problem with meticulously laid out plans suddenly changing.
On the plus side, I didn't need much time for a warm-up, since the 85-degree Chickahominy River made the swim more akin to a spa day (complete with nearly knee-deep mud baths at the end).
A dropped gel and a dropped chain was hardly the ideal start to the bike, but I managed to turn it around for a new PR ("Dropped Gel? Dropped Chain? Drop the Hammer." Is that a t-shirt?), and even got to see Jenn along the way (she suggested I go catch Darren; I appreciated her optimism, to be sure).
Feeling great, I was set for a fast transition and a flat run ...
Run without socks, they said. It will cut down your T2 time, they said ... Look, life is all about learning experiences, and on Sunday, I learned that opting to go sockless means your mind will venture into new territory, like, "Well, I suppose I could just run the final two miles barefoot ..." I ultimately declined the way of the Tarahumara and instead channeled my inner hockey player*, laced-up my shoes tighter, and trudged over the bridge to get fourth place in my age group, which is definitely a very cool and not at all frustrating place to finish.
*I have never played hockey; I can barely even ice skate
As always, Rev3 put on a great race -- transition, course markings, volunteers, family atmosphere, etc. If you haven't done one of their races before, I'd recommend giving them a "tri." (Do you get it? "Tri" instead of "try." Ya know, like the sport?)
Stephanie Brealey is a member of the District Multisport Team who recently participated in the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica
I don't believe I have ever written a a proper race report - so bear with me. Usually my "reports" consist of a bunch of notes on how things went (the good, the bad, and the ugly) so that Coach may have extra info for the next race.
A year+ ago when Ironman announced that they were going to have an event in Costa Rica, I immediately knew I would be adding the race to my schedule. When registration came, I was on it immediately - even tweeting at Ironman since the link they had activated was not working. The thought of being able to race home with my family and friends was exhilarating.
Race was scheduled for the 18th of June, so as anyone would, I told my boss that I would be working from Costa Rica (even if he didn't approve it) and would be going home for a total of about 3.5 weeks (I have a great job). Since we had a mild winter and a cooler spring it was important for me to head out there and try and workout in higher temps.
On the Thursday before the race I drove 3.5 hrs to Coco Beach (Pacific coast) where the race would take place. Coco beach is a well developed beach town that has everything one needs. I decided to stay in a hotel right on the main road - not the prettiest, but perfect location.
[If you decide that this race is for you - you may arrive at Liberia airport which is a 20 minute drive to Coco].
If you know anything about Costa Rica you would know that June falls in the rainy season. This means that it will rain every single day, that temps are on the higher end and that it will be humid. In addition to this, this year there was some sort of storm coming from Colombia that made it an even wetter month, specially in the coast.