I vividly remember the last time I was at Black Ridge Reservoir. It was last summer during the wildfire in the Herriman City foothills. I was a member of one of the firefighting crews assigned to that fire and for a week our crew staged every day at the reservoir and hiked to the ridge tops to battle the blaze and to prevent it from flaring up . From high atop on those ridges during the afternoon heat, I longingly stared down at the water. I would have given anything to jump into that cool water to escape the oppressive heat of the afternoon sun. Now, a year later, I looked up at that same ridge where I once stood and said to myself, “today is the day I will finally be able to jump into that water!”
I had a great time at the Black Ridge Triathlon. I consider myself rather new to the sport of triathlon. I know I’m not the only one that suffers from pre-race anxiety. Anything that can be done by the race planners to alleviate this ailment is much appreciated. The communications via e-mail was excellent. I would much rather have too many e-mails iterating the same information about the upcoming race than too little. I especially appreciated the additional info provided about the two transition areas because this was my number one area of concern prior to the start of the race. I personally have never experienced two separate transition areas. I was very happy to read the e-mail thoroughly outlining how the two transition areas would work and the best way for me to set up my gear in the two separate areas.
The bike course was quite a surprise for me but in a good way. I know many will disagree with me, but I like the challenge of hills; and the hills on this bike course was definitely a challenge. The long hill seemed to last forever, and as it continued, every bend in the road was a false summit. It was deceivingly difficult. But I rose to the challenge.
Like the bike course, the run had its share of hills. It was a single loop course which is what I usually prefer. For some odd reason the two loop and out-n-back layouts are mentally tough for me. I enjoyed the run with all the curves it threw at me.
All in all, I had a great time at the Black Ridge Triathlon and would readily recommend it to anyone who asks about it. The open water swim is much less intimidating than others in which I have participated. The bike course had a great climb with a long rewarding descent. The run had hills and some great flats for chasing. I definitely plan on racing again next year.
Christopher Hoerter finished 8th place overall with a time of 1:14:22.7
Herriman BlackRidge Triathlon July 30, 2011