Las Palomas Triathlon Race Report
Once again we had a great group of club members attending the Las Palomas Triathlon this year. The weather wasn’t as warm as years past but it was almost as windy…Human Movement had to adjust the swim course to adjust for the high winds and waves, and even though it was high tide, you had the option of run-swimming about half of the swim course. On the bike, the wind was to our backs on the outbound leg so we thought we had it easy until it was time to turn around, of course. And the run is always a bit of a challenge due to all of the short but steep hills, and also with surfaces varying from cement to dirt to grass to sand along the way.
We kicked off the weekend with a great dinner in the penthouse where The Lawrences were staying along with their sons. Amy cooked us up some great lasagna and others brought all the other fixin’s, and we were all amazed at how nice and spacious the penthouse was, the perfect place for the dinner. Saturday morning we raced with the following results (please correct me if I have anything wrong or any omissions):
Tom Hudak: 1st place AG, 4th pace overall, Sprint
Lisa Bries: 2nd place AG, Olympic
Amy Lawrenace: 1st place AG, Olympic
David Lawrence: 3rd place AG, Olympic
Megan Goodman, 1st place AG, Olympic
Pam & Kelly, 1st place AG Olympic Women’s Relay
The highlight was when Nick (of Pam and Nick fame, 2013 Spirit of Triathlon Award recipient) was recognized during the awards ceremony for toughing it out and finishing the race despite the fact he had been hit by another bike rider when he had stepped off his bike. He was pretty scraped up, but insisted on finishing anyway. Jozsef Major gave Nick his first place award basket of margarita mix, which we were happy to sample along with Nick and Pam later that evening!
The lowlight was probably Mike’s getting stung by a stingray just before the race started. I’m betting Mike won’t be first in the water again next year…sorry Mike!
Later that day, after the post-race party, a bunch of us met for dinner in town at The Pointe, which is the only restaurant right on the water. After some great food and even better company, we reconvened in Rubi 506 for the first annual Margarita Contest Party. We had several good recipes of margs floating around the room, but the one which was the most popular was Jenny’s Mango Pepper recipe (Jenny is from my running group).
The wind and waves finally let up on Sunday, so we were able to get some sailing and beach time in before leaving. All in all it was a great and fun weekend and worth the wait at the border on the way back!