White Sands Missile Range was my first New Mexico home and where I did my first triathlon. So each trip back is a bit of a homecoming. Over the decades I detect small changes that mark the passage of time and see improvements to the place. I'm sure the same can be said of me. It's a small joy to return, if only to race.
This event was the Freedom Triathlon. A 10k/40k/400yds event. Oddly, I was convinced right up to race morning that the opening run was 5k. I came for a longish bike ride but got some nice trail miles as a bonus! Consider it an Olympic distance race with a short swim, in reverse format. Local races that mix up the formats and distances keep me sharp! From the start all the way through the finish I was the rabbit. Makes for some quiet miles as I chase roadrunner and rabbits as I go full tilt boogie throughout the Tularosa basin. The silence is broken by the wind in my ears, the crunch of my footfalls on the sand, and the whirring wheels cutting through the air. Beautiful. The swim was warm and thawed me after the chilly ride under grey skies.
The shiny awards are, in order, the finisher award, the age group win and the overall win. The final award is the Garrison Commander's coin. It's a special award and the first I've received outside my day job! The Commander is a fellow athlete and racer and made some improvements to the race course.
There is always a chance to test your mettle. #racelocal #armystrong
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