There was just a short section of singletrack left before I hit the road again and headed back to transition. The transition chute was quite interesting, with a muddy line leading over the timing mat and into the transition area. I did my cyclocross dismount and parked my very muddy bike on the rack. I had taken my gloves off while on the road to save time in transition, but once I reached down to take my shoes off I realized that may not have been the best choice. My shoes were covered in peanut butter mud with grass and sticks poking out in all directions, which got on my hands. Oh well, a quick wipe of the hands on my tri shorts and was putting my running shoes on, followed by running out of transition. Total T2 time was 1:51, for the fastest T2 time in my age group.
Me covered in mud heading into transition (now back to race day photos).
Shari crossing the line for her and Zac's team.
Me crossing the finish line.
I grabbed some water and a popsicle and saw Shari and Zac right away at the finish. Nate was there too waiting for Liane, and Leslie was also there waiting for us. Shari took my chip off as I sat in a chair and rested for a bit with my popsicle. Overall it was a good race for me considering my training going into this. Next year will be much better as I will be training for this race and the other Xterras, not Ironman Arizona.
We saw Liane cross the line, then went and picked up our muddy bikes and stuff in transition. Zac and I stopped at the food area to grab a quick bagel, then decided to hang around for the awards. After that we rode our bikes back to our campground. That was another sign I was in much better shape. The first time I did this Xterra, Zac had to tow me up the hills to our campground! What a difference 3 years make.
I quickly made a lunch and promptly fell asleep in my camp chair while Zac set to work cleaning the bikes. After a 2 hour nap, I spent an our cleaning my shoes to free them of the mud, then finally got my shower and dinner. Zac and I stayed the night at Fool Hollow Lake, then set out for a vacation in the 4 Corners area before heading to Farmington, NM for the Four Corners Xterra the next weekend.
Check out Liane's photos here: http://web.mac.com/offtracktb/liane/Deuces_wild_III_photos.html
And her race report here: http://web.mac.com/offtracktb/liane/Race_Reports/Entries/2008/6/1_Deuces_wild_III.html