|Emily and I after that 2010 H&C|
At first, I was reluctant to fall in love with the changes. As it turned out, change is good. Mooresville, Alabama is a cool little community. The race was centered around a scenic little town square. Registration was held in what looks like a very old, restored church. Around the square I noticed a cozy coffee shop, a petting zoo, and Mom & Pop-esque restaurant that could have easily been the original Cracker Barrel. You really get the sense that Mooresville is the kind of place you'd like to have grown up or find yourself at retirement. I don't know why Eric picked Mooresville, but it is a great move. I didn't miss the old parking lot at the mall or the tour of neighborhoods one itty bit. If you get a chance, pat him on the back for me. Great race, man!
|Registration was at a warm little church. |
It was the kind of place that made me want
to show up for a Sunday service.
I had done my homework before the race. There was one name on the roster that I knew well, Andrew Hodges. He's our local pro triathlete. I'm a fan, honestly. The guy has been rocking the sport for several years, and he has had some pretty dang good results. I was hoping deep down that it was a different A.Hodges registered. One of my friends had asked me how much I would push for this race; my response was "just hard enough to win." Seeing him here, I knew in my little heart of hearts that I would be racing for 2nd.
|This is one of the "hills" on the run course|
By kickoff, I was warmed up and was feeling the race day magic. After a few thank yous, a prayer, and a moment of silence for Boston, we had a 3,2, SIREN! and we were off.
|images courtesy of Greg Glemis and We Run Huntsville|
I'm sure that reads like an odd strategy, but after this last season, I've learned a lot about my recovery needs. I have a few key races coming up, and as much as I wanted to do well at Heel & Crank, I really didn't want to do a lot of damage. 1st Run Data
Coming back into Transition, I was maybe 50 yards off Hodges and I had put a little distance on Chuck.
|Heading out for the 2nd Run|
|I never get tired of seeing finish lines!|
|1st OA Andrew Hodges 1:10:15|
2nd OA Christopher Borden 1:12:48
3rd OA Chuck Branson 1:13:05
Official Results link
|Great job Justin Carter and C&C Fabrication on the very unique awards!|
|Still loving my Salty Sea hoodie that got me around Ironman Cabo comfortably!|
They came in really handy during the warm up too!
|Awesome run course! |
Emily said I was way too Rocky looking. Considering I am 40 lbs lighter now,
maybe I should dress a little looser for effect!
|This may be tempting fate just a bit.|
|I turned to Andrew just before the gun and asked "what's it going to take to win today?"|
|Usually, I get swallowed up at the start of races, but everyone was pretty patient for H&C.|
|Coming into transition, I fully expected Chuck to take the lead. |
There is something uplifting about leading the conga line into the cheering crowd.
I was glad to hold him off!
|Just off the bike and seeing Andrew just ahead, I was feeling pretty studly.|
|Emily, Me, and Ray Aderholt, another Accelerate3 athlete|
|Ray finished 1st M60-64 happy to even the score with a certain rival, and win entry in to the 2013 RocketMan. |
Ray will be joining us in Whislter, BC for his first crack at long course triathlon at Ironman Canada.