I went into DC to watch the Olympic distance triathlon this morning. Overall it was an interesting day.
Before the professional race they had age ground sprint and Olympic distance races that finished in the same area. So after getting off the metro and heading to the course I was watched age group racers finish up for a little.
The course was really neat because Pennsylvania avenue was closed for the race and went by the Capital building on each lap.
I didn’t go down to the river for the swim but hung out at the transition area and watched the swim on the jumbotron.
It looked there was an awful lot of debris in the river from all the rain we have had in the last week. In terms of the race a group of five people got out of the water first that included, Andy Potts, Alistair Brownlee, and Javier Gomez.
They seemed to all work well drafting on the bike and opened up a lead of a few minutes on the rest of the field. During the bike leg I wondering the course getting some pictures at different spots.
The run course was up and back on Pennsylvania Avenue, and these guys absolutely fly along on the run.
I got some good really good pictures because I was able to stand in the middle of the road at one of the crosswalks and be right out on the run course.
While standing out of the course a women with two kids in a stroller came over and was watching the race next to me. She was cheering and seemed to know the names of almost all the racers, which I thought was odd but maybe she was a big fan. Then she started saying personal things to some of the runners. I saw Matt Reed coming down the road and veer off to the side of the road to drop out of the race.
Well it turns out that was Matt Reeds wife and two kids. He stayed off to the side right next to me cheering everyone on, he seemed like a nice guy and really is very tall.
And here is Andy Potts cruising in for a fourth place finish and telling Matt Reed, who is still right next to me that it “it’s going to be a long time before I do another one of these again”.
And here are the leaders putting in the final kick
I got a lot of great pictures from the day that I still need to go through. The one thing that really surprised me was the lack of people at the race. I was really expecting big crowds, but that just wasn’t the case. I’m sure a big part of it was that the race started at 9:30 am on a Sunday. The other thing I was surprised about was that most of the people racing the amateur race earlier in the morning did not stick around to watch the ITU race which I was surprised about. But I did not stick around to watch the women’s race later in the day so maybe the crowds picked up.
I thought this one was cool because everyone has both feet off the ground.
and Unger is making a funny face in this one.