I let Ann Marie take the bike lead and followed at enough of a distance that I was definitely not drafting...
...often. Luckily the officials never seem too worried about details in the non-competitive wave. By the way, did you guys spot Ann Marie's cheetah helmet? So awesome.
We quickly came to THE
She kicked it into high gear! Low gear? I still have no idea. Anyway, she hauled booty up that hill!
We successfully made it up and onto the highway. I was doing so much better than last year; i.e. I was riding my bike and not just holding on for dear life. I did have one sticking point about the ride, and that was the lady who was biking in front of me...and refusing to let me pass. (I would have had at least 5 drafting violations off her alone if they were checking.)
The route was an out and back so there was not a lot of wiggle room. I tried to get competitive and warmed up with some exaggerated sighing.
When that surprisingly didn't work, I got more aggressive. I started to pull up to pass and yell:
At that point she would edge over to the left and speed up, so I would have to drop back. Other cyclists who were faster than me (only because of their fancier bikes of course) whizzed by us both.
I attempted to pass her multiple times because her cruising speed was slower than mine. Then I yelled at her that if she wanted to go faster she had to a) keep up her speed and b) stay to one side! I finally passed her with an exasperated:
I'm sure she is a lovely lady; she just was lacking in basic triathlon etiquette.
There was more leap frogging on the way back, but most people followed the drafting rules of falling back when someone passed. Our very own photog was sitting on the grass, in a better position than the paid picture-taker and caught us biking in!
Before I knew it, we were in and out of T2 and there was nothing left to do but go for a run!
P.S. For those of you who don't follow me on Facebook or Twitter or Google+, (hehe) I made a CALENDAR. I think it's pretty awesome. I also think you should check it out.
I'm hoping it will be available on the international Zazzle sites very soon!
UPCOMING POSTS: THE RUN LEG OF THE 2011 DANSKIN, SUNSHINE AWARD POST FROM RED NOMAD OZ, AND WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO FOR THE LAST 4 MONTHS