New kits in hand... the start of a new season for many of the team members... some fantastic competition...
Reflections on the team's day per Coach Allen Stanfield:
"Chain Tri Team showed up this past weekend at the Pensacola Olympic Triathlon. The weather cooperated providing a great day to race and the team members took advantage with 11 members racing and all 11 finishing in the top 15, including the Overall and Masters wins! Three athletes finished in the top 5, with less than a 1:20 between them. The team has started this season with a bang. Three team races, three overall wins!"
Many thanks to the team sponsors for their continued support: Pro Cycle, The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., Heart O' Dixie Triathlon
A duo of Chain team members headed to Tallahassee for the 19th Annual Red Hills Triathlon, below are the dispatches to their fellow team members following the event. Sounds like a fantastic day for both Logan and Spence with many thanks to a great venue, tough competition, and organized and supportive race staff and volunteers.
"Red Hills Triathlon wouldn't be the same race without the cold start, for 2019 that tradition continued on. After 14 years I've returned again to the triathlon that started my journey in the sport, albeit a slow one, getting second to last in my first 'race.' The event hasn't changed from the one I love... An alligator warning sign that is also used for a starting line for the swim, the canopy-covered roads that resemble Florida mountains, and the shaded half-trail & half-pavement run through Maclay Gardens State Park. Put all those together with an excellent race director and support team and you get a phenomenal event. This race is special to me and I'm certain I'll be back for future participation!"
"Red Hills Triathlon is one of my favorite races and I try to do it every year. Pretty cold at the start and everyone was wearing 3-4 layers to keep warm. Water temp was warmer than the air so made for a pleasant swim. Bike was freezing until I got dried off and got the blood moving staying up with the Tallahassee crew. Went back and forth on the bike with the same guy, Wayne the president of Gulf Winds Triathletes. Came into T2 fast and despite numb hands and feet went out hard. Felt good on the run and finally saw Logan - me at the one mile point, him at the two mile point. Run was road and trail which always makes it more interesting. All in all a great race with fantastic awards and beverages!"
Sometimes you expect lemons and life gives you lemonade.
I think I paid around $30 during early registration to race the Infirmary Health Duathlon in Mobile, AL. I had never before done this race, let alone a duathlon, and to be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I was pleasantly surprised that this was one of “those” races. By that I mean a race that knows what counts. How to check ALL the important boxes while not making things overly complicated...
Good venue, check.
Well-organized logistics, check.
Plenty of parking and restrooms, check.
Informed volunteers, police, event staff, check.
Well-marked and safe course, check.
After party and awards, check.
And, you get the picture....
I was amazed at the VALUE of the race. The arriving, racing, and after party went seamless while giving my wife and son easy access for spectating and food choices after. I can truly say I am glad we added this race to our team schedule and, sometimes when you don’t expect much... life gives you lemonade!
Many thanks to all those who very likely poured countless amounts of energy, finance, attention to detail, and time into this event. The support of the Infirmary staff and the local community are top notch. The members of Chain Tri Team appreciate all that went into presenting this safe, competitive, and fun event!
And, as always, the continued support of team sponsors make this all possible - Pro Cycle of Fairhope, The Orthopaedic Group, and Heart O' Dixie Triathlon - check them all out when you get a chance!