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Road bikes = water bottle, mtn bike = camelbak

I finished the Xterra Lory triathlon today. Utter dehydration. First, let me say that I took some friends into this thing with me. I felt slightly responsible, so I tried to stay with one of them for awhile. But the mountain was calling me and my friend reassured me she'd be ok. Is it bad that I tore through the rest of the course without her? Looking back, I wonder if I could have been more helpful during her first tri. I was there to have fun, not expecting to do well or anything...but I did have fun.

The swim was slow. I could tell I was out of practice. I think I swam the mile in June faster than I swam this 880m course. The run to the transition area was carpeted. Do not be deceived, it needed the carpeting to protect little feets from prickly things and rocks. For the bike, tt wasn't what I'd call a beginner friendly course. Maybe to the mountain biking purist, but not to people mostly involved in road triathlons. Welcome to Xterra! Lots of decent climbs with switchbacks and a really wonderful descent. The run was wretched. Absolutely a kick in the pants reminding me that's the result of slacking off on running practice.

My bike still alive. It performed great. My under/behind the seat bottle cages held up well to the jostling of the terrain. What didn't hold up well was the idea I could drink from those bottles while riding rough terrain. If it were a hard packed trail with no switchbacks, 300 other people on the trail, and and rocks everywhere I could have done it. Almost instantly, I remembered why I use a Camelback for trail stuff. It was too hard to take my hands off the handlebars to risk grabbing at anything. What was oddly fun was falling over as people decided "on your left" meant stop in the middle of a single track trail. I know most the people stopped because they were like "are you kidding, where the f do I go on this trail?" It was funny to see the strain to find somewhere to go on some people's face. I'll take that.

This was an awesome fun event. I had no reason doing it in such an unconditioned state, but I still enjoyed myself. I recommend every triathlete do an Xterra or other trail tri - FUN. The 40ft slip n' slide finish that was about 3ft above the ground also helped.
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