Our first race of the year came a month earlier than normal this year, but a solid fall quarter of training set us up perfectly. 30 people traveled down to San Diego to race Tritonman and to cheer on our teammates. Despite some car troubles, everyone made it down to Nicole's house safely. After playing with some cool chinchillas, a really plump cat, a dog in a tutu, and an adorable bird, it was time to settle in for the night.
After a 3:45 AM wake up call, we headed over to the race site . There was some more car trouble, but with the help of Chris and Nick, all of us eventually made it. Unfortunately, one of the biggest storms in the last few years had just rolled through resulting in poor water quality and a cancelled swim. The race was changed to a duathlon with a 1.7 mile run, 13 mile bike, and a 3 mile run. Even though the winds were still howling and the bike course was so flooded that it essentially was a swim, our badass members weren't fazed. Our team killed it! Jenn got 4th in the women's collegiate race despite heavy complaints about extra running and no swim, Emme basically just stepped off a plane from Thailand and still got 12th, and Katie got 15th in her first race for the team. Sean got 3rd in the men's collegiate race even though he had to run the last 3/4 of a mile of the bike leg since he got a flat, Rod got 5th, and Gordon got the fastest bike split (surprise surprise). Ryan also completed the run portion on his normal wheel chair. It was so inspiring to see his determination to finish. And of course a huge shout out to all the people who did their first race ever!
All in all it was a great weekend, which was capped off by no car troubles on the way home. A huge thank you to Nicole's family for hosting our team, Jenn's parents for providing a lunch to us on the way home, and Chris, Nick, and Brendan for helping with everything to make the weekend go smoothly. Thanks to Brendan and Nicole's father for the pictures! Results can be found here.