Greetings. Just got back from the first race of the year down in nawlens. Boy do I sleep well at low altitude. Its like being put into a coma. Slept for 10hrs in one position Friday night. Scrumptious.
Fun weekend too. Got to stay with my homestay of the last 3 years, Brian Baum. Thanks again Brian for hosting us. Plus, this year I brought some friends, Davide and Brooks.
Brooks and I go back to collegiate triathlon days when he raced for Miami of Ohio, though he now trains in Detroit. Davide, "the italian" is another of the Boulder CO crew. We put him in the back seat (ie no seat)
Swim was long and choppy but also wetsuit legal. Very windy and cold conditions--unseasonably cold. I hammered out of the gate into some free water, then backed off and chilled in the front group. It wasn’t a very hard swim, Brooks and Brian F. were leading and I was right in behind them. Unfortunately we didn’t drop anyone since it was wetsuit legal and no one was really trying to get away.
Bike. Drew S. just hammered from the first mile and I went for it after him, knowing he was going to throw down on the bike. Michael P. got on my wheel and we were the three that took off and outbiked everyone else by like 3min. That was the story of the race. The three of us split up by about 30s over the rest of the course. Me in third, Drew in the lead.
CRUSHED T2. I usually am not so hot at transitions, but I actually have started doing them pretty well. Took what, like 7 years, or however long Ive been doing this silly sport.
The three of us ran about the same and finished in that order. I ran very consistently but wasn’t supper zippy. I think all three of us had really solid races coming off of lots of base training and not yet much speed work. Good news for all of us heading into the season! Brooks ended up 5th and Davide 6th.
Afterwards we headed down to the French Quarter to do some tourism on Bourbon Street aka, the dirtiest street in America. All I did was walk down it, but after taking 3x showers in purell I still feel dirty.
Definitely plenty of culture and art around there. Depending on what you like...
The classiest strip club I could find...
Brooks even got his picture with the guy that was trying to get us to go inside. The guy at lipstixxx was making a strong counter offer.
Got some local fare. Every type of seafood, though you cant tell the difference since it is all fried, plus gumbo.
Even tried a sip of a "Hurricane" which is basically a mixture of every type of liquor, some kind of fruit juice and about a cup of sugar. It was horrible.
In all, it was a great weekend with the boys. Looking forward to St Anthony's Triathlon in Clearwater FL up next!