The race was (surprise, surprise) held in White Lake, NC, which is about 110 miles from home, so given the early start time on Saturday I decided to join other TriStacey athletes Jenn Mayfield and Beth Grimes (plus The Puppeteer herself) and stay at Langston's Motel on Friday night.
I was able to cut out a little early and enjoyed cranking tunes with the car window open on the ride south. I had pre-paid for my room and was soon checked-in at the Langston's reception, where the nice lady directed me up the road a little to "unit 16"...
I was quite surprised to find that "unit 16" was actually a little self-contained cabin (hut?) with bed, small kitchen area and bathroom. Even a small screened porch! It was atually quite clean and comfortable.....
|Living the Dream! The stylish brick base is actually plastic!|
Soon texts were flying as everyone started to arrive and we convened for a swim warm-up in the lake with The Puppeteer. Beth "conveniently" got lost on the way and was too late to join us!
Before getting-in I had the chance to meet Jenn's husband Grant for the first time - nice guy! - and we spent some time chatting about bikes. He would be riding the bike in a relay team the following morning.
The warm-up swim was, well.... not good! The water was too warm and "soupy" and I just didn't feel as if I "had it". I got the impression that The Puppeteer and Jenn felt the same way, so we just swam a few hundred yards before heading back. After a quick shower I went back to the beach to join everyone for a cookout and a few beers. Jenn, The Puppeteer and their other halves were staying over on Saturday night and clearly intended to party after the race based on the copious quantities of beer, wine and liquor in their motel "suite".......
|Grant working the grill|
|Jenn being a goof ball. Not sure what the guy is thinking!|
|Beth trying to look Glam, which isn't easy to do after you've slammed 17 Trader Joe's salmon burgers!|
|Actual picture from Jenn's facebook page......|
|.......and the ingredients!|
|"The Rabbit" sporting essential triathlon equipment in her right hand.|
|The usual chaos of transition...|
|Dreaming of Rev.3 Anderson SC|