Team SFCF Wins Relay Division At The Wildflower Triathlon, By Brian Thompson
Conditions were warm at Lake San Antonio for the 30th Annual Wildflower Triathlon this past weekend. Team SFCF – Erin Moody, (Coach) Nate Helming, and I – camped out in the dirt and dust to represent San Francisco Crossfit in the Olympic distance triathlon relay. Despite a rowdy campsite and dinner provided by a questionable catering company the night before, we were ready to race on Sunday morning.
The relay teams were the last wave of the day, meaning we would have bright sun and midday temperatures to contend with. After jockeying for position at the start line with several pushy guys, Erin took off like a dolphin on the swim leg and was one of the first out of the water, completing the 1.5km lake swim in just 20 minutes! She raced across the transition area to her waiting teammates, where our pre-discussed strategy of meeting at the transition area in/outs instead of at our bike rack saved us precious seconds. She transferred the team’s timing chip on to Nate who took off immediately onto the bike course. Nate successfully navigated a technical, hilly, and very crowded 40km bike course and managed to post the 15th fastest bike time of the day (1 hour and 10 minutes) among all participants. The team then handed the timing chip and the race lead to Brian and he sprinted out of transition and onto the dusty, hilly, and shadeless 10km run course, where Team SFCF never looked back. No one was able to catch Brian on his way to a 43 minute 10k, securing SFCF’s top podium spot among all relay teams that day.
It’s almost like this crossfit stuff actually works…