Sunday, January 18, 2009

Galena In May

Registration is open for the Galena (IL) Triathlon, scheduled for May 16, 2009.  If you've never raced Galena, prepare for a very cold swim, lotsa hills on the bike and one excruciating hill early in the run (just keep telling yourself you get to race DOWN the same hill to the finish line.)  Distance-wise it's slightly longer than a sprint, but the hills make it harder than many Olympic-distance races I've done.

And somewhat unique among tris, Galena is a point-to-point race, meaning you'll set up two transition areas - T1 by the lake for the swim-to-bike and T2 in a park 15 miles away for the bike-to-run.  Not my favorite race format but the venue more than makes up for any logistical issues.

Oh, a tip: the bike's first steep hill comes IMMEDIATELY as you exit T1, and I do mean IMMEDIATELY.  You're well advised to rack your bike in the easiest possible, small chain-ring gear.  You could assemble quite a YouTube video of racers falling over 50 feet up the hill, unable to push the big gear they found themselves in.  And if you see yourself in a video, well, you can't say you weren't warned.

Maybe I'll see you there.

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