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<p>Son1 and I had a free weekend between races.  He's leaving soon for deCycles (Bloomington, IN to Vermont) and needed a couple more long rides.  I just happened to notice on the HFP Racing website that they had a multisport race in Findlay.  Only one thing to do--ride up there!</p>
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<p>With son1 out of school we were able to head up on Friday.  Forecast was 70's, POP 30%, with light winds.  Perfect!  However, radar in the morning showed otherwise.  It was a big blob of red from central to northwest Ohio.  As we headed down the driveway, the rain started.  It rained pretty much all day.  Riding was pretty good.  At m40, son1 said he needed a quick stop and I agreed.  He took one side of hte road, I took the other.  Back in the bikes within 75seconds.  The only problem we had was it was raining so hard that it was impossible to eat solids.  We're not used to doing Gu on a tour.  Also, because we were getting so much spray off the road, we never felt thirsty.  We each only did one gel and drank half a bottle.  Not good!  We stopped at the race venue on our way into town.  Our plan was to help with setup but by the time we got in they were done.  The RD told us to head on to Grandma's and try to recover.  He'd see us in the morning.  We made a quick stop at The Bike Shop (lube for son1's chain) and Wilson's (lunch), then headed to Grandma's for a much needed hot shower and dry clothes.  87miles, 5:32</p>
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<p>Saturday dawned with perfect weather.  We headed to the race venue and my legs loosened up quite nicely.  I headed to registration, only to find that even though the website said the 5K started at 8, it actually started at 9.  Well, phooey.  We couldn't hang around for an extra hour.  God love HFP!  They said that because I had ridden up there to race, they'd let me start with the duathletes.  That really was the oddest race I've run--I wasn't racing the athletes I was running with.  The gun went off and we headed out the bike path.  There was a short section on the road, then we headed up the side of the reservoir.  The steps were wide, but half the height of normal steps.  Once up on top of the reservoir there was wind!  I felt for the triathletes.  They'd have a rough swim today.  The gravel path wasn't nearly as bad as I had remembered. Turn around, then head back the same way we came.  I slowed way down going down the steps, lest I catch a toe and do a face plant.  I crossed the timing mat at T1 and my day was done.  Again, it was odd race, to get into transition and be done.  I turned in my timing chip, gave my running shoes to a friend (he offered to drop them off at Grandma's), and topped off the waterbottles.  Son1 and I were on the road by 8:45.</p>
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<p>There aren't that many roads around the reservoir and quickly we found ourselves on the race course.  At the first road, they turned left and we went straight.  Thankfully, there was a sheriff directing traffic at all turns, lest we lead anyone off course.  Once again, though, we ended up on the course for a short bit.  When they turned were glad to finally get off the course!  We had a pretty strong wind, which was mostly cross.  Plus, we were feeling Friday's ride--and me the 5K!  But, all in all we were feeling good.  We were surprised at all the flooding.  I guess it had rained hard all day.  There were a couple places were the road was covered in farm field debris.  One spot the road had been plowed to clear gravel.  I announced that in Richwood, we would have a real stop.  We had a "long" stop of 16mins, and that DrPepper and Little Debbie snack cake gave me the umph that I needed for the next 32miles.  Once back onto home turf I was feeling pretty good.  When we pulled into the driveway, I was feeling pretty good, but glad to be done!  92miles, 7:15 (includes stop)</p>
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<p>Results weren't posted until Sunday morning.  Normally I only check AG results.  I was pleased to see that I had won my AG.  It wasn't until several hours later that I thought to check OA results.  Well, good golly, who'da thunk.  I placed OA!!!  The only bummer is because they do finish line awards, I won't get "my" award.  I have asked the RD if I could have one that hadn't been awarded.</p>
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<p>Super fun weekend all around.  So, how exactly does this fit in with my racing/training?  It doesn't.  I had stuff I should have worked on--OW swim, short fast ride, brick.  But, ya know what?  Sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy life.  Son1 will be moving out this fall.  Our days of "hey, ya wanna go for a ride" are limited.  Even more so, we had a great visit with Grandma.  Her health is good, but she is 95yo.  Yah, it was the perfect way to spend the weekend.</p>
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<p>Wow, Great job!  Impressive to ride there and back and still win your AG and place OA.</p>
 

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<p>I'm tired just reading about those rides...  great job with the 5k sandwiched in the middle.</p>
 

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<p>Holy cow! Didn't realize you rode up here-- winds were worse on Friday in my opinion! <span><img alt="icon_thumright.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_thumright.gif" style="width:24px;height:20px;"></span> Wilson's.... Drool. Yum.  Great job!!! Sounds like a really fun weekend!</p>
 
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