Yesterday I finally arrived in Geneva, New York. Itâ€™s beautiful here. Iâ€™m staying with the Blume family, which is famous here for being Victor Plataâ€™s host for three weeks last year (Victor won the race, then stayed for a few weeks to do the NYC Triathlon and another race in Canada). Tomorrowâ€™s the 5th Musselman Triathlon and the second Musselman ITU Pan-American Cup. The water is a pleasant 72 degrees, which is about 22.2 Celsius, and (thankfully) just above the wetsuit cutoff. I find ITU races with wetsuits are way more aggressive in the swim because talent doesnâ€™t seem to make as much of a difference with who can hang in. Maybe thatâ€™s cocky (or wimpy because I like open water), but there is a big difference in the way a race gets spread out in wetsuit swims vs non-wetsuit. Tomorrow there will not be neoprene, and that makes me happy.
What would make me even happier is if todayâ€™s upper 70â€™s and rain would stick around another day. Iâ€™m pretty sure nobody else in the field has dealt with as much rain the past nine months as Seattlites, and I love racing in cold weather. Unfortunately, we canâ€™t always get what we want, and tomorrow will be a high in the mid-90â€™s with all of todayâ€™s rain evaporating to make a nice humid sweat bath for our 2pm race start. Apparently Geneva rarely gets this hot in the summers. I think that means weâ€™re lucky!
The start list for this race went from 17 to 41 in the final week before registration was cut off. This means there were a lot of guys waiting until the last minute to choose a race, and hoping for easy ITU points. I will note that, while I did decide on this race over Life Time Fitness just a couple weeks ago, I was still one of the initial 17 on the list.
Iâ€™m getting my stuff together tonight rather lazily. The 2pm start time has me procrastinating on number placement and all that wonderful pre-race organization. Swim, bike, and run races are so easy to prepare for individually, why is it that when theyâ€™re all together it takes so much more thought?