2012 Rock Cliff Triathlon Report

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Here’s a review posted by Rob Johnston of Salt Lake City

I loved this race! The venue is in a nature reserve area up near Heber Utah and is beautiful. The organizers were very good and really made for a great race.

At the pre race briefing, I felt like I was at the comedy club, these guys are funny! The announcer let us know that the olympic racers were to go first, then the rabbit, then the sprints. Since nobody really understood what the rabbit was the announcer explained that it’s his brother and that he is giving him a 15 minute lead. If you were the first to catch the rabbit, you win a $20.00 gift card. Anybody else to pass the rabbit throughout the day received a $10.00 gift card. It made for a good time.

I would definitely do this race again and actually plan on it next year. It is the most fun that I’ve had in a Sprint triathlon.

Pre-race routine: Woke up and packed the car, headed out and ate a bonk breaker bar and banana on the way to the race location about an hour away.

I had to register the morning of the race due to a wait with USAT for my membership so I showed up at 6:30 to transition area. Registration was flawless and took a couple of minutes.

Event warmup: Jumped into the water and swam around for 10 minutes before the start to get a little warmed up.

Swim
This course was a great clockwise one loop course. Being that this was the second time since November that I had swam, I took it easy and just found a good rhythm and stuck with it.

Rock Cliff Triathlon - TransitionT1 A little slow but I was a bit dizzy after the swim.

Bike

This was a super fun and scenic ride, I think that I had a smile on my face the whole time even though there were some good hills.

The course was really scenic and took place out of the Rock Cliff park and up a side road near Francis. I was hoping to maintain a little faster bike split but with the rolling hills I was not able to push any faster. I passed a few people and missed the turn around point so I lost a bit of time at that point. The hill coming down from Francis was super fun and I passed a few people going about 50.

T2

Transition was smooth, no issues. Bike down, shoes on and out of transition. I forgot my sunglasses so I had to run without them.

Run
This was such a fun course but my legs just weren’t ready to run! The run started as a flat run coming out of the Rock Cliff park and turned into a good up hill on the road. After the hill, the run cut to the right with a downhill of rock. These were pretty large rocks and so running downhill was a little sketchy. The run then continued off road for the last mile (which felt like 13 miles!) and ended on a really fun boardwalk/ nature trail. You could hear the announcer at the finish line but could not tell where it was until the last left corner. Oh joy, I’m done!

Post race

Grabbed some watermelon and a banana and walked around to cool off. I ran into my neighbor and we just relaxed until his wife finished.

Rob JohnstonEvent comments:

I loved this race! The venue is in a nature reserve area up near Heber Utah and is beautiful. The organizers were very good and really made for a great race.

At the pre race briefing, I felt like I was at the comedy club, these guys are funny! The announcer let us know that the olympic racers were to go first, then the rabbit, then the sprints. Since nobody really understood what the rabbit was the announcer explained that it’s his brother and that he is giving him a 15 minute lead. If you were the first to catch the rabbit, you win a $20.00 gift card. Anybody else to pass the rabbit throughout the day received a 10.00 gift card. It made for a good time.

I would definitely do this race again and actually plan on it next year. It is the most fun that I’ve had in a Sprint triathlon.

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