One of the comments on the Facebook page summed up the situation perfectly, ``Thanks a lot Obama.''
A few things surprised me. I did not expect so many people to have expensive bikes. Of the people that didn't, I was astonished by the number of hybrids and even more astonished by the number of people riding bikes that obviously didn't fit their bodies. I can understand not wanting to shell out for an expensive bike. Heck, I rode the race on a $500 road bike with a steel frame and clip on aero bars. But it fits me and I came close to finishing half way up the food chain for my age/gender division on the biking portion.
My average speed was 19.6mph according to the chips. Had it not for being stuck behind some slowpokes in no passing lanes, I think I could have come out averaging >20mph. I blame the speed on training on hills for what ended up being a very flat course.
Part of that course was I-395. That was a hoot, riding down the expressway.
My running time was great but it was very good for me. I kept my average pace well below 10 minute miles. Again, I blame training on hills.
An interesting thing about the race was that everyone's age was written on the back of their left calf so you could see everyone's age as you passed them or they passed you. I saw a few 70+ guys during the running portion. I didn't notice any 70+ women.
It was hard not to notice the woman 4 years my senior that blew past me during the run wearing a bikini. She was, uh, very well formed.
Funniest bit of the day is that some guy ran up to me during the running portion and says, `You know, you are allowed to put on shoes doing transition.' I guess he thought that I did not know that.
Oddly, I did not see anyone else running the race barefoot.
The constant cheering along the course was fun. Some people had some pretty great signs. "Go Random Stranger! I believe in YOU!" Or "Smile if you peed in the Potomac", which was really funny given that we skipped the swim.
Other signs were just desperate. "I really like your stamina. Call me." Well, stamina in endurance sports don't guarantee stamina in other activities, so ...
All in all, it was fun. Maybe next time I'll actually get to swim.
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