Go Big: April 70.3 Weekend – TriCoachGeorgia

The early spring racing continues full throttle for the team this weekend. We have athletes racing in Georgia, South Carolina, New Orleans, and Boston!

We started with Running Through History 5k in Andersonville, Ga where Rollling Thunder aka Troy Garland broke into 8th place overall! His running continues to progress in his chase for 2x 70.3 this season.

Next up we went to TryCharleston, SC. There we had a 10 minute PR for McGritty, despite a loss of her shoe in the mud, and the first OWS triathlon for her hubby, Paul. Hurricane Sandee pounded out an overall female podium too. Feedback from the racers was very positive for this muddy wet course described as:

The TryCharleston Half and Sprint triathlons are moving into their sixth year after finding the perfect solution in year 3 for this point to point event. This course is flat and fast starting with a one-loop swim is held at the KOA campground lake in Mt. Pleasant, SC and will be wetsuit legal. The one-loop bike will take participants on a journey around the area on flat, mostly smooth roads with lots of brand new pavement. The 5K mile run will be out and back in nature on paved running trails within the Park West Development.

Saturday morning also brought out the best in the youth and their parents as well as Brittney E. Thanks to team mom Jessica Casey, who organized the race for all of the kids, they all took on the 13.1 from Chik Fil A in Athens Ga and did wonderful, showing off their hard earned fitness. 5 relay teams of 3 TriKidsGa each did amazing and inspired grown ups all day long. We heard so many positive statements made about their sportsmanship and fitness.

Coach BigBad‘s Brittney also raced strong and so did youth team member Nico’s father, Diego, another team mother, Kelly W., and several others. The youth team followed it up with a trip to Steak and Shake for a huge recovery meal where the smiles were abundant!

Next up, TeamHargrove, including Coach KimPossible and Taz, and new team athlete Michelle H., took on Ironman New Orleans 70.3 in their first triathlons for the team. Sadly, Tax Slayer, Coach Slayer (injury), and Longman (family), could not join them, but nonetheless, the Hargroves and Michelle were poised, prepared and pumped to do well. Weather was very sketchy and the race was postponed a half hour. Temps got up to mid 80’s for the race and humidity was 60%.

All three athletes swam very well, biked perfectly and negatively split their runs. This was textbook racing by mature athletes with wisdom well beyond their age. Uniform praise was offered. Consider being coached by someone like KimPossible who trains and races in a efficient fashion!

Next up was the famous Boston Marathon for BigBen, aka Richard Nasser. He has largely overcome a terrible TBI in a year’s time. Several national and local news outlets carried his story. His race went super and he came in at 3:10 then proposed to his long term girlfriend “the Glue”, Ali Hale, who accepted. They will live happily ever after!

Now the team turns to South Georgia for the Chattahoochie Challenge 70.3 in Columbus Ga and the West Point Lake Olympic distance triathlon as we wrap up a stellar April. Also, we head up to Gainesville, Ga for more triathlons, and to Oklahoma City 13.1 for road racing. Athens, Ga holds a big Twilight weekend of cycling and road racing too that we intend to shine at. Bring it on!