– Vince Lombardi
The Rock Hall Sprint Triathlon is part of the MD Triathlon series by Set Up Events. A smaller but very well run management company. The triathlon is one of two for the weekend. Saturday they hold an Olympic distance and Sunday is a sprint distance. The nice part about this race is that it starts at 9:00 am and is not a far drive from where I live so I was able to drive out that morning and drive back right after.
The Swim was in the marina which made things interesting because they were allowing boats into the inlet right up until the race started so at one point I did taste the gasoline from the boats. It was overall pretty easy. Just follow the buoys on your left. The only part that got tricky was when the current kicked in and kept pushing me away from the buoys on the last 500 yards or so. The only part I didn’t enjoy was literally jumping out of the water at the finish because there were two steps to get out of the water and at my height it was a tad bit difficult.
The course was marked every 5 miles with spray paint on the pavement. At every turn, there were policemen and volunteers helping so it wasn’t difficult knowing where to go when there was a big gap in between cyclists. The only part I had trouble with was putting my feet in my shoes while on the bike. But practice makes perfect.
The bike to run transition was very easy and much faster than my previous race. No jello legs this time.
The run course was also marked with spray paint and they had volunteers at 2 spots with water and Gatorade because you pass them twice.
When I came across the finish line my mom had informed me that I was one of the first 10 women to come in and that was very exciting to hear, but what I cared about more was my age group place since I was hoping for top 3. Well, I did it. I placed 2nd. And to think how much of a difference 2 months can make in training. I was presented with a plaque and beer glass and honored in the ceremony after everyone had finished the race.
Rock Hall was a beautiful town and a great place to race and I look forward to more events done by Setup.
Perks…: Great post race food, nice course, wonderful location
Ehh… Not a Fan: not closed to traffic, the awards ceremony took place after last person finished.