This race course was located in Tallahassee, Florida in Maclay Gardens State Park. The 1/3-mile swim took place inside the lake at the park, the 16-mile bike was on secluded back roads and one long stretch of highway shoulder, and a 5k run took place on dirt trails inside the park. There were large, overcast clouds which kept the weather around the low-60s and provided for very humid conditions.
The swim was chilly, definitely a wetsuit race, and was great fun after Rob Felty and I broke out of the main pack and had the course to ourselves. The bike was very unforgiving with multiple challenging hills (saddle sores for this local coastie) and thinned out the crowd coming out of the water very quickly. The run was fairly flat and fast with most of the race taking place on awesome trails, which was a nice sight to see for a cross-country runner! Our guys finished excellently with a 2nd place podium finish, Master’s title, Grandmaster’s title, three age group wins, and many other excellent finishes in each respective age group.