When we arrived, we got a phone call from where we are staying; because of some renovations they had upgraded us to a luxury hotel right on the beach for free! While we weren't really there for long enough to take advantage of that, it was still a great place to stay (even though it was pretty far from the race site). We wandered around Deerfield Beach that evening, and woke up to a spectacular sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean the next day.
|Good morning, Atlantic!|
|Outdoor pool = my happy place|
|Racked & ready for the last time in 2016!|
Saturday was a whirlwind of getting a swim and a ride in, finding some food, driving to the race site, and getting everything checked in pre-race. With the time change from east coast to west coast, we were exhausted!
Sunday morning was another gorgeous morning, and we watched the sunrise from the swim start area. The race itself was huge, with over 2000 athletes since it was the US Championships for long-distance triathlon and aquabike, as well as hosting a standard distance race. And lucky me (not), I was in the last swim wave... which meant swimming through a lot of people in waves ahead of me, never my favourite.
|Sunrise from the swim start|
|One more race!|
|Heading out for lap #2|
|Swim exit pics are always The. Worst.|
|Heading out on the bike|
|Jason enjoying spectating instead of|
racing for once!
Being the national championships, there was some fierce competition and I ended up in 8th place. I was ok with that, since we wanted to do a bit of exploring rather than hang around for the awards ceremony. We packed up my bike in the parking lot, did some sightseeing, then back on the plane headed for home.
|Heading back to transition after the ride.|
Now for a few weeks of off-season!