The North Country Triathlon takes place in Hauge, NY on the shores of beautiful Lake George. The race includes a sprint and an Olympic distance. This was our first Olympic distance race of the year. I left work early on Friday afternoon and we made the four and a half hour drive North to Lake George. Last year we did the Lake George Triathlon and I was really looking forward to returning to this beautiful place.
We checked into our hotel in Lake George and then drove 20 miles North to Hauge, NY to pick up our race packets and partake in the free pasta dinner for all racers (bonus!). We had read about "the hill" in the pre-race materials and emails so after dinner we decided to drive the bike course to check out the hill. I think I would classify it more like a mountain. Three miles of this:
We arrived at the race site just after 6am and staked out a good spot in transition. The views there are so amazing.
The water was cool but not freezing. My guess is the temperature was around 68 degrees. Most people were wearing wetsuits but some of the locals thought the water was down right balmy and opted to go sans neoprene. I had a chance to get in a good warm up prerace and tried to put my mountain fears aside.
T2: 1:27; 69/138 overall, 21/36 females, 3/7 age group
Changed shoes, grabbed my hat, race belt and some Sport Beans and hit the road. Most people were done with the sprint by now so transition was a bit crowded with people milling about.
Run: 6.2 miles, 59:15, 102/138 overall, 20/36 females, 3/7 age group
- Hills, hills ad more hills.
- Tiny swim buoys & caps the same color as buoys
- Score-This! timing chips with their painful zip ties (left scars last year); this year I remember and brought my own ankle strap.
After the race we indulged in (veggie)burgers, cheese curds and root beer floats at A&W.
Next up is the 3 Mile Steelman Open Water Swim on July 11th!