Ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement to make. The road to 140.6 via 70.3 is not paved in gold.
It is paved in poop.
People fight to get into this race. They have to close the field at 4,000. In fact, my only complaint about the event is that there are SO many athletes that some people fall through the cracks. For example, waves go off every 5 minutes from 6:58am and you may be waiting 1-3 hours from race start to go out. Also, "special categories" like Clydesdale/Athena/Team in Training get announced last at the awards banquet. And, if you are that lucky guy/gal who comes across the finish line last, there will be NO beer or food for you - unless you are part of Team in Training. (I guess finishing a race of this caliber is apparently not good enough if you're only doing it for your OWN health. Don't get me wrong - I'm all about the cause, and the support from their friends is huge, which is cool, but the event organizers make it quite clear that TNT really pays their bills.) Otherwise, a beautiful race and one I'd do again.
Last year I was here as a spectator. At the 2007 Subaru Women's Tri, I won a spot into St. A's but was unprepared and my friend IronDawn took my spot. (She came back this year, by the way, and smoked her times from last year. As did TriBrit and a few of my other friends, who all finished in 2:30-2:45.) In case you were wondering, St. Anthony is the Catholic religion's Patron Saint of Lost and Stolen Things. And, no, I didn't lose or steal anything on this course.