I was looking forward to this race because I was linking up with some Recon and Sniper friends in Scottsboro, Alabama. I got to stay on the same lake where I was racing, Dave a former Recon Marine. My buddy Joe, who I served with at 2/8, also a Sniper, came up from Tennessee to watch the race. I got to meet another Recon Marine for the first time, Kelby in Scottsboro. He came out to support me even though I never met him before. While in Scottsboro, Dave pretty much fed me, housed me, and took me around, which was amazing. The last time I saw Joe was a few months ago when we went ice fishing in Montana, so to see him only a few months later was a real treat for both of us.
This race in Scottsboro itself was tough logistically. I say this because I was misdirected on the bike multiple times. I still had a decent finishing time despite the logistical nightmare of the course. I won my age group at this race, but I could have finished better overall. I finished 6th overall but I know I could have placed higher. The swim was pretty fun because it was rough waters. For other athletes they may think differently but I am a strong swimmer, not a fast swimmer. The crashing waves was to my benefit. The storms the night before and hours before the race caused the rough waters. The bike went well, except for the rough roads and the misdirection four different times. The run was simple, but hot!!
Overall the race was just a race, but what I took from here was meeting Dave, Joe, and Kelby and sharing great stories in the down time. We even got to throw back a few beers while enjoying Dave’s home cooked meals, which was the best part of the trip!