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i did the race this morning near battle creek michagan. we drove up yesterday checked out the water temps, it was cold, i figured 62 degrees. we didnt pre ride the course since it was drizzling, and we have done this race before. the trails at fort custer dry pretty quick due to the sandy nature. the trails are super fun, roller coastery, and weave in and out of dug outs that the army used to use to train in prior to the land being donated to the park.

race time was 9 am, we arrived about 7:30 as the transition area was opening. we set up, hung out. it got to be around 8:30 and i figured i had better squeeze into my wet suit and get in the water. i always need to get in the water before the race especially if its cold. the official water temp was 64. my first swim of the season in open water and in my wet suit. they did the prerace course talk and then the race started from the shore. xterra does a mass start. there were around 200 signed up. i felt pretty good starting out. then felt like my wet suit was stangling me ( i haved kind of expected this) i tugged the wetsuit down a little and swam freestyle occasionally mixed with breast stroke. i was in the back third of the pack. the swim was a 1/2 mile triangular swim. i swam around the bouy and started heading in, i felt more relaxed and got into a good rythem. there was some tall sea weed grass stuff as i neared shore, it didn't freak me out, i knew it was there and have delt with it before. i got out of the water at 18 mins, that was a fair time , i figured some there under 20 mins.
i jogged up to transition and peeled off my wetsuit, there girl next to me was hung up on her timing chip so i gave her some advice and she got hers off. i had gotten geared up for the 12 mile mtb ride in the mean time and headed transition was slow 4 mins. I consider mtb'ing to be my strongest part of the race and i was zipping along pretty well, passing around 15-20 people..mostly other ladys, a couple guys in there late 60's but some fit guys too that weren't very skilled at bike handling, and probably good runners.
so i was zipping along, feeling great, when i turning into a sandy corner at mile 8.5 and went down pretty hard. somehow when i fall i end up face down in front of the bike. this was no exception. i heard air leaking from my front tire. i had burped the air out, and i have tubeless tires with stans no tubes inside. i had a small hand pump with me, but it was not enough pressure to reseal the tire. i had taken my tool bag out of my camelpack, figuring it was a lot of extra wt to carry and if i had a problem i would just walk it out. people were very friendly but no one had a co2 cartridge and pump with them. so i had to walk it out 3.5 miles (thats what i get for not being self sufficient) i was swarmed by mosquitos much of the way. i finally loaded myself up with sun screen and this curtained the bite some. i came out of the woods, the told me i could still run(4 miles), but i told them i was done! i was covered in goop(sunscreen) with dead bugs on my arms and neck and i could feel my left knee starting to swell up.
my BF and his friend were already done with the entire race and at the car changing. they were sad for me, but razzed me since i had bites all over and looked pretty bad. we cooled off in the lake and ate the post race food. then took off.

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