This past weekend was Janda's third 70.3 race of the year and his third time racing at Timberman. Timberman is becoming quite a tradition with us and unfortunately it is now becoming the event that signals the winding down of summer for us-especially me since I have to go back to school in 10 days!
As with RI 70.3, almost all of Janda's New England athletes were racing, so there were plenty of people to catch up with at the race starting on Saturday at the race expo. When we got to the expo we heard a rumor that the swim might be wetsuit illegal, so that was a concern. Then Janda did his pre-race swim in the lake in his skinsuit and came out shivering so we figured that it would all work out in the morning.
After the swim and bike racking, we met up with Janda's brother and his girlfriend who were staying with us and we headed out for dinner. Maybe not the ideal restaurant (Papa Ginos's), but we got some pizza (Janda's staple pre-race dinner) and some other food and headed back to watch the Olympics before bed. We had to get up early, but not nearly as early as RI, so in comparison it felt great. We got down to the park a little before 6 and the fun began.
In addition to Janda kicking butt and doing awesome, everyone else had a pretty good day, with a couple of podium finishers (Craig and Amanda) a couple of Clearwater slots (John and Evan) and all the guys in the top 75 (out of ~2200 starters) and 3 in top 40 (not including Janda)- Nick 12th, Craig 21st and John 36th! And his lone female was top 25, somewhere around 21st! I know that not everyone had the exact performance that they were hoping for, including Janda himself (unfortunately that happens very rarely), but everyone had a pretty good day and posted pretty impressive performances on a challenging course. It's a lot of fun now to hang out after the race, talk to everybody and see so many people we know kicking butt and/or taking home the hardware/Clearwater slots!