This race takes place in the town I went to college at- Good old Millikin University :) I often see a lot of familiar faces at it. This year I got to run into one of my old friends Stacey. She and I became friends instantly my freshman year. We were both art majors and often ran together when it wasn't swimming season. We also ended up becoming sorority sisters my sophomore year :)
I also enjoy this race because it has a particularly long swim in relation to the bike an run. The race is in honor of Rodney T Miller who happened to be a swimmer- which is why the swimmers have been given an advantage at this race. The distances are .75 mile swim, 19 mile bike, 4.5 mile run.
This race also has an elite wave, bringing in some professional triathletes! Last year I entered in the elite wave on a whim and placed 4th out of the 4 of us who were in it. Considering I didn't get my butt kicked that bad by the pros last year, and because the top 3 elites win money, I decided to sign up for the elite wave again this year. This year I placed 4th again out of 5 elites. The 3 girls who beat me are pros, so again I didn't take it too hard :) And my times improved by a lot! But someone please help me with my transitions!! Ugh!
It was fun being in 3rd place for most of the race because I felt pretty important. Maybe next year I can make it to the podium :) Patty did well for herself placing 2nd in her age group!
Time for a taper week as Patty and I head to Racine 70.3 this FRIDAY!!! Say your prayers for us!