Race Report: Snake River Sprint Triathlon

(l-r) Ben Greenfield, Roger Thompson, Dave Erickson

The 2012 Snake River Triathlon was held over the weekend (Friday and Saturday) in Lewiston, Idaho and the weather conditions on race day were spectacular.  More than 125 triathletes enjoyed temperatures in the low 50′s with mostly clear skies and light winds.  This was my fourth year participating.

The Snake River Triathlon is part of the TRI-Northwest Ranking Race Series.  The event is a two day event consisting of a 500 yard pool swim on Friday followed by a 12 mile bike and 2 mile run on Saturday morning.  Participants come from all over the Inland Northwest of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  Athletes who live in Spokane area are given the option of swimming the night before in Spokane whereas athletes closer to Lewiston swim at a pool in Clarkston, Washington on Friday afternoon.

The bike and run portions of the race are held in Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston, Idaho.  It sounds complicated having so many locations involved but it’s fairly simple.  The race started at 10 a.m. on Saturday and begins based on each athletes swim time. For example, I swam a 7:15 which meant I was allowed to begin my race at 10:07:15.

Last year I swam a 7:03 and this year I was hoping to break 7 minutes.  I was feeling confident considering I swam a 7:02 the night before.  Unfortunately I let the excitement of the moment get the best of me and went out too fast.  No worries, lesson learned.  (Continue reading here).



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