Maryland was so far the best races set up logistically. The reason I say this is because the local American Legion commander, Tom, out of Maryland allowed me to stay at this RV where he parked only 100 feet from the transition area! That being said, I was able to hangout at the American Legion also which was great. The post commander set up my first interview through the local news, whereas I have been struggling contacting local news and papers to cover this endeavour. Setting up this interview was phenomenal because I am trying to spread the news about why I am doing this. I want people to know the story that I am not only trying to break the World Record, but I am trying to raise funds and awareness for wounded and recovering veterans. Tom’s setup was very ideal because it saved me an hour and half of sleep since for most races my hotel is some distance away. The day before the race Tom, his wife, and a few friends, took me out to dinner at a local restaurant where I got to eat some hometown seafood with my pasta. One thing I love to do is eat! For me to have local food was a real treat.
The race was just like some races before, just a different crowd. It was still a fun race and a race I would enjoy coming back to. One part I enjoyed during this race was biking through the National Park which was beautiful. I was worried about this race because I had strained my left calf a week prior, so I asked my friend and other triathletes how I should approach this race. I called upon my buddy back home, Dave Kreis, who I play volleyball with, since he is an athletic trainer at Sandburg High School. He was able to help me stretch my calf out which really helped. One of the biggest things I was advised on was to wear compression socks during the run, so putting these on during the transition and running in these was something new. I am very glad I did this because my run went smoother than anticipated. I took it very slow so I didn’t push it on the run. Once I crossed the finish line, I was glad I took it easy and I was happy that I played it smart. I think having Dave come over and help me out through stretching really helped me finish this race successfully. I am thankful for Tom, the RV, and having the best set up so far, and am also thankful to Dave for helping me push through my calf strain.