We completed a Half-Ironman race on Lake Winnepesauke, New Hampshire the weekend of August 21-23, 2009. Our group of 18 racers included Jay, Reid, and Whitney, plus friends from our DC area Georgia Tech alumni club, GWU law school friends of Reid and Jay, and friends of Caroline. Pictured from left to right: Reid Owen, Whitney Owen, Jay Owen, Mary Hodgins, Michael Niederhausen, Amisha Patel, Chris Babcock, Jacob Gelbaum, and Anthony Priest. Other team members not pictured: Bill Healy, Christina Totino, Heather May, Jonathon Snow, Meg Gardiner, Wes Leong, Andrew Heitman, Mike Gardiner, Amy Sullivan, and Beth May.
Four of our teammates did the sprint distance race on Saturday – a 1/3 mile swim, a 15 mile bike, and a 3.2 mile run. The rest of our racers competed on Sunday. One did the Aqua-Bike, a 1.2 mile swim and a 56 mile bike. The rest of the team did the full race, a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run. To train for the race, our team got in a lot of individual and group swims, rides, and runs. Everyone trained on their own during the week, and we tried to do at least one group event each weekend. Jay and Reid have said that training for this race was more difficult than the English Channel prep, since you have to work on three events, not just one. The training included “bricks”, where you do more than one event at a time to get used to switching gears mid-race.
We also did some organized events as training for the main event. Jay, Whitney, Reid, and Amisha completed “Bike NYC”, a 43-mile ride through the 5 burrows of New York City. It was unseasonably cold and rainy that May morning, but we pulled through. Jay and Whitney also completed an open-water swim event in Reston, VA in May (Whitney did the 1 mile swim, Jay did the 2 mile). Several team members also did a few training rides up Skyline Drive in Virginia. The Timberman course was hilly, so biking up Skyline Drive was good practice – the first 5 miles, yes 5 whole miles, of the ride was 100% inclines, no downward slopes. This was VERY tough, but everyone made it to the top.