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Mooseman Race Report

When you get down to it, most race reports are all about the same.  When you look at the result, this one would be quite similar to the rest…10th place.  I’ll post a few post race pics here.  The race was almost a wash out…literally.

The day before they had a Olympic Distance race that was cut short due to thunder and lightening.  The bike was shortened because of some gnarly hills.  BUT, we were not doing the Olympic Distance.

Sunday morning it was cool and overcast and the forecast called for a 100% chance of rain midday.  It started raining about the time the Pro Men started.  My swim was solid…mostly.  For once I had a good start and was where I needed to be at about 4th or 5th in line.  Somewhere around 500m or so, I lost feet…I seemed to go one way and the bubbles were gone, and I fought to get back but that was it.  Out of the water in 5th or 6th.  Decent swim.

Off on the bike, I was riding hard.  I stood up and over a steep little hill early in the ride, down the other side, and down onto the aerobars.  About the time I got in the bars, I hit a bump in the road…elbows slid off the bars, arms went forward, everything was slow motion except hitting the ground.  That came pretty quickly.  I slid a fair distance.  Felt like I rolled, but probably just twirled a bit on the wet pavement.  I came to a stop, righted myself, and grabbed my bike just in time for a pack of 4 or 5 to fly by me.  I surveyed the damage, some scrapes, didn’t seem too bad.  Grabbed my water bottle, spare tube kit, and was back on the bike.  I had to stop 2-3 more times, once to try to remove my speed sensor that was rubbing the spokes, once to fix what seemed like a rubbing wheel, and once again to finally borrow some scissors and cut the dang sensor off.   Needless to say I was a bit mentally out of it.

I was passed by a couple more riders and the last one to pass me kind of helped me get back into it.  I kept him in sight for all the 2nd loop but the downhill as I was not really up to a screaming fast downhill at this time.  Off the bike somewhere around 13th or so.  I just ran 615s or so for the first 9 miles content to just get in a good solid effort.  I actually passed a couple of guys and the pulled the pace down below 6s for the last 5k.  10th, but not in the normal fashion and way back.

I finished, I was sore, tight, bruised, and scraped.  I’m having a tought time uploading the pics, but I’ll try again soon!

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