|Team Evotri after a successful day. (Courtesy of Steve Stenzel.)|
The sky was red as dawn broke with forecasts for heavy rain. The water was a balmy 83°F (!), so no wetsuits were allowed. Thankfully, the storms never materialized; only a few sprinkles. The cloud cover kept what could've been really tough conditions into just humid one.
Chris Sweet started off the team in the elite wave and finished with a very respectable race finishing mid-pack of the elites, a bonus considering the new addition to the family five weeks ago!
Next, Sara was into the water last (but not least) in her age group because of her last name and the unique time trial start format. But, she would finish right were she expected by passing more than half of those who started in front of her. A bonus of an expected fast run made her glowing smile even bigger.
Michelle's age group was next, which was just fine with her, as usually her age group starts at the end of races. She blistered everyone in front and behind her with the second fastest swim, 4th fastest bike and 2nd fastest run in her age group to finish first! Big congrats to Michelle!
Rob started last for Team Evotri and had a good race going - right up until the finish. Within the finishing chute, the humidity caught up to him and reduced his pace to a walk - twice, but he managed to get to the finish. But, when he crossed the line, he sat down and was whisked away to the med tent. There, after a nice ice bath and some cold towels, the great volunteers brought his body temp down from 104.1°F to 99.9°F and declared him fit to rejoin the team.
Sarah got to see the race as a spectator with baby Henry this year, taking pictures and cheering everyone on - four weeks postpartum!
The teammates enjoyed the rest of the weekend with Sarah (with Steve and baby Henry) as our hosts, dining in local St. Paul eateries featuring pasta, beer, vintage video games, and fancy ice cream. Thanks to them and the Twin Cities Metro for the great weekend!