Charlotte, North Carolina played host to the first Major League Triathlon series race of the season. The setting was in beautiful 'uptown' with a 300m zig-zag swim in the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center, the bike was 4 laps with a mild uphill and down, and the run 2 laps uphill out/downhill back.
I can't recommend watching the reply of the broadcast enough. Superb work by MLT on making a great video. It can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/majorleaguetriathlon/videos/1066409626793533/?pnref=story
My team, the Puerto Rico Islanders, consisted of Robby Webster, Laurin Thorne, and Chelsea Burns. Since this week's mandated order was female-male-female-male, we chose to put Chelsea first, myself second, Laurin third, and Robby anchor. After a strong handoff in 3rd from Chelsea, I dove in behind Michael Arishita of the Sarasota Sun and Walter Schafer of the Atlantic City Waves with my former teammate (from the Keepers last year), John O'Neil just behind me.
After pushing the swim and early portions of the bike, John and I were able to form a top group of three with Michael and get into T2 with a good gap on fourth. Due to lapped teams, five teams were together including Ben Kanute of the Indy Cats (try holding Ben's wheel, I dare you), and Graham Pimental of the Gliders.
Nearing the end of the bike, I was excited to hop off with John and Michael especially since John and I have had some epic long run battles around Boulder and we both ran in college so this brought some nostalgia.
I would surge on the uphills, and John would crush the downhills with us working together to put some time into Michael.
I ended up handing off in 2nd just behind John to our third leg, Laurin Thorne. Laurin was swimming great and riding in first when a mishap unfortunately brought us from 1st to 7th. Robby raced hard but unfortunately a mistake took us out of contention. I am proud of how well we were racing and how well we continued to race despite being in a bad situation. I am looking forward to racing in Atlantic City, June 3rd. If you are in the area, come out and watch plus enjoy some brews post race!