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Gulf Coast 70.3 Race Report

At some point in the last five years, I have somehow mastered the mysterious art of getting a good night’s rest the night before a race. So, after a restful night’s sleep, Jason and I woke up at 3 a.m. Saturday morning. I mixed three bottles of Infinit for the bike (one per hour), and cooked my pre-race breakfast of oatmeal with coconut peanut butter. We looked out our hotel room window over the swim course and confirmed that the ocean was as angry as it had been the day before.
We left our hotel for transition at 4:30, and immediately within sight of the bike racks, we heard the announcer delivered the bad news: the 1.2 mile swim was canceled due to strong rip tides. The officials felt that safety personnel could not stay in place on course, and they were concerned that out of control kayaks and paddle boards could actually harm swimmers even more than the riptide.   Even though we knew it was the best call, neither of us could hide our disappointment. After feeling that I had conq…