This past weekend a group of friends and I took part in the second annual Asbury Park TriRock triathlon. The race, part of the National TriRock series was held this weekend at Asbury Park, NJ. We entered the race in the team relay division fielding two teams Team Earth,Wind, and Fire; and Team Splash, Flash, and Dash in the Intermediate distance race, the shorter classic Sprint distance triathlon was also part of the race… plus I had a chance to say hi to a few other participants I knew were also in the race.
If you are looking for free Photos of the race see link at bottom of post.. .
Pre-race.. the pending duathlon
Packet pick up was Saturday before the race and a small expo is next to the packet pickup located at the old carousel on Asbury Ave. Arriving on an overcast and blustery day, it was obvious from watching the waves crashing ashore that if conditions didn’t significantly improve the swim leg would not take place.
Arriving Sunday morning one of our first teammates to arrive communicated that the swim was canceled, I was not surprised and had already expected a run, in place of the swim. The weather was actually quite nice with temps in the mid 60’s and sunny, but the previous day’s winds had created unfavorable surf conditions, and although the surf was better than Saturday, it was clear from seeing the beach that a swim would have been challenging, especially getting in and out of the water. As our two teams and supporters arrived, we began to assemble our gear and after a brief warm-up jog on the Boardwalk, we headed to the start coral for the run.
Swim (cancelled ) Run (1.3mi.)
The swim leg was replaced with a 1.3mi run. Brittany and I would do the first leg run, and we were in the 3rd wave of the intermediate distance race. The run was along the perimeter of Welsey Lake. Going off in batches of 4, Brittany and I ran side by side for the first quarter mile before I started distancing myself from her. I ran through the first mile around 7:16 pitiful for me on such a short distance, but then I slowed a bit before coming under the old casino building get and back into T1… Tony T. would do the bike leg, and after a quick swap of the timing chip he was off. Brittany followed about a minute plus later. With another smooth chip exchange, Jose was off and cranking on the bike.
After my short run and a quick change of clothes, I put on my “photographer’s hat” and used the remaining time to snap some photos of the other race participants.
Bike (19.1 mi.)
On the bike both Relay riders managed good rides. Light winds helped and a completely flat course Although a few nasty 90 turns with some sand strewn about made some of these sections a challenge. Tony kept improving as the ride became longer, after “warming up ” on the first lap , his faster second lap gave him a a nice 23.5 mph average throughout. Jose admitting to a less than stellar performance managed a respectable average speed of about 22.5 for the duration of the 50+min. course. Finishing strong both riders entered T2 separated by about 3 minutes..
Also the bike course was not exactly 10 miles per lap as stated by TriRock the course is about 9.5 miles per lap, several riders including our two relay cyclists agreed the course is about a 1/2 mile short per lap.
Run (6.0 mi.)
Next was the relay-runners turns, Drew and Ryan, both would take off flying out of T1. Drew commented that only one runner (turned out it was the men’s sprint winner ) managed to pass him and to do that he had to be doing 5:30 /min miles. Drew held a nice pace throughout and finished strong. Ryan started second out of T2 commented that he paced off a few folks before passing them . I saw Ryan who was flying back towards the finish right after going past the Convention hall..
Finish & Results
After the race we hung around and waited for the awards ceremony. We snatched both first and second place mugs for our efforts. Our intermediate relay division had 12 teams, and our podium places were in jeopardy as we came into T1 being in 6th and 8th position. It was thanks to our strong cyclists and runners that we grabbed our podium spots.
|INTERMEDIATE RELAYS||1.3mi Run||–T1–||19.2 mi. Bike||–T2–||6.0 mi. run||Chip|
|1||Earth Wind and Fire||10:46.22||0:44.67||51:00.64||23.5mph||0:36.89||41:37.71||6:56/M||1:44:46.13|
|2||Splash Flash and Dash||12:15.03||0:36.37||53:08.40||22.6mph||0:32.90||47:27.35||7:55/M||1:54:00.05|
|7||2 Pat for Shore||10:22.61||0:34.22||1:01:23.67||19.5mph||0:39.17||1:02:33.98||10:26/M||2:15:33.65|
|11||The TRI Amigas||15:26.59||0:48.05||1:20:27.90||14.9mph||0:39.31||1:03:14.61||10:32/M||2:40:36.46|
Congrats again to all finishers and participants, while not a true triathlon because of the canceled swim the spirit of the race was the same.
Again kudos to MC. Ann and the whole TriRock organization they always put on a first class event.. I wish they had more in the area..
It was a blast to see everyone and we took a bunch of photos which are all freely available below.
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