I've been to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) many times in the past and walked through the garage area and such but this was the first time I ever drove through the tunnel to park inside. How in the world those big rigs for the race cars get through there I have no idea. They are very narrow tunnels. When we emerged we found a nice parking spot on the south side of the garage area. As we got out and started to unload we spotted Jessica, a fellow Cheesy Riders member. Julian is always excited to see her as he "finds her amusing". Gotta love that! Then just a few spots over, fellow Rockwall cyclist Keith and his family pulled in. This event was a new experience for all of us and excitement was in the air.
Blackberry Jet GU. Angelia actually managed to make it to the meeting while taking her Espresso Love GU.
Before we knew it, the time to start had arrived. Women and all relays started in the 3rd wave with a 4 minute delay. That meant Angelia, Julian, Jessica, and Keith's nephew Tyler would all be taking off together. As the final wave started I snapped these photos then made my way over to a fence to watch them on the first lap.
|4 minute delayed start equals finish of 1:31:16|
As Julian and I made our way to the post-race refreshment area (a.k.a. the garage) we were looking for Angelia's bike in the transition racks to see what her status was. At that precise moment we spotted her dismounting the bike and heading into transition 2. Perfect! We were going to get to watch her run the final 2 miles and complete her first duathlon. I took the easy way out by relaying with my 9-year old. She took on the full challenge. It showed a bit as she had a bit of trouble unclipping her right foot at the dismount line, a sure-fire sign of tired legs. She's never been a fan of the wind and I knew the ride was a true test. When asked later she verified that she wasn't all that happy with the ride. The wind was a big factor in that but it also paved the way to some calf cramps, a numb hand, and even numb toes. In fact, the numb hand led to her peeling off her gloves with her teeth while riding! Not sure I could do that though maybe I should have. My hands numbed on the last lap as well, a product of holding on for dear life in the crosswinds.
Right around this time, Jessica found Julian and I and we walked over to the fence to watch Angelia's run. Keith and Tyler were over there already having beaten Julian and I in the relay by 6:06. Angelia appeared to be running fairly well initially but her hamstring tightened after a mile and she had to walk a bit to work it out. She resumed pace soon enough and found enough energy to surge towards the finish. In fact, each of her run segments ended up being at a better pace than any prior race of hers. She met her main goal of finishing and just missed her goal time by about 5 minutes (that darn wind!). Congrats Angelia! By this time the last competitor had exited transition so we immediately began gathering our stuff up and rolled the bikes back to the car. We had to hurry back to the garage though ...... word is there was an award in someone's future!
|Tyler, Keith, Angelia, Julian, me, and Jessica|
I was taking pictures of Angelia when they began announcing the relay results. "In 2nd place ..... Tri4Success!" All of a sudden I'm shoving the camera into my wife's hands and picking up my own award along with Julian who received a very loud cheer. There we are celebrating when, yep, you guessed it - "in 1st place ...... Rockslide". That's the team name for my riding buddy Keith. Amazing, each and every one of us walked away with some bling. Now I'll admit that there may not have been many competitors in our divisions but who cares? It always feels good to get some bling!
|Jessica received Angelia's text and got her bling too.|