this was my second year doing TriRock Olympic Distance and while i can understand the lack of bands on the bike course, i was wondering what happened to the ones that i had enjoyed on the swim and run courses last year?
expo: for an event associated with the rock & roll marathon series, the expo is surprisingly small. potentially, disappointingly small if you were hoping to pick up something specific.
this year the swim course was incredibly challenging. i realize they don’t have control over water conditions; however maybe it would have been better to reverse the swim course once it was determined that the current was going to be so strong? i would have liked to have seen the time gaps between the waves be a little greater – and i wish that we all could have been in ascending age order instead of having the 30-somethings (my group) go first. the bike course was pretty cool and i am glad that the navy allowed TriRock to use the base. i was also very appreciative of the measures that were taken to ensure rider safety relative to the dreaded train tracks. since the run course was through seaport village, there was a lot of pedestrian traffic to avoid, dodge and/or weave. kudos to all of the race volunteers for their cheering!!
post-race: to be honest, i didn’t stick around for the post-race festivities. my race went so much longer than i had anticipated that i had to rush back to the hotel for check out. 🙁
overall: i’d like to see a bigger expo and have a bit more ROCK on the course. if they are just going to post speakers at each mile marker, maybe they could place them every half-mile instead.