I'm looking forward to hearing about the splits - Swim was about 1:25, T1 was about 9 minutes, what happened the rest of the day?
Congratulations, Iron Grandma Ellie!!!
Update: She finished just a few minutes after my post last night - so even if I had driven back to see her finish, I probably would have missed it because I was expecting her much later! Like an hour or two later!
She was Grand Master's Female Champion! Woo hoo!!!
Iron Ellie's approximate and unofficial times:
Another note, for prospective 2006 entrants:
As always, Vigo's race management team got high marks from participants. I can't believe that Chesapeakeman doesn't get more registrants (I think there were 120-130 starters), it really is a gem with a flat, fast course. 2006 will only be the third year, though.
Several swimmers did complain of the sea nettles, and Ellie said that she itched throughout the day from them. I'd recommend in future years for folks to use a long-sleeved wetsuit or a long-sleeved rashguard for this event, and perhaps bring along some Benadryl. Hoods and booties were permitted on the swim. Several people also mentioned the wind on the bike course, which seems to be omnipresent at Blackwater even on otherwise relatively calm days.