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The 2019 edition of the New Jersey State Triathlon was cut short thanks to mother nature. This weekend was HOT and the race staff did an amazing job of taking care of the athletes.
Other races this weekend (i.e. New York City Triathlon) were completely cancelled because of the forecast dangerous heat. Personally, I am glad this race wasn’t cancelled because I had to travel to get here.
I only traveled 90 (ish) minutes, but still…I got a hotel for the family and I which couldn’t have been canceled!
Disclaimer: I received entry to the 2019 New Jersey State Triathlon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
I don’t think I have anything negative to say about this race. From the beginning there was plenty of communication from the race director about packet pick up options, race day conditions, opportunities to sign up for different distances.
The course was really well laid out and there were ample amounts of volunteers to direct and support you on course!
There isn’t a whole lot the events staff can do about the lake; but they can certainly pick the spot; and they picked a perfect one! The lake was clean and well maintained. I didn’t feel grody or disgusting getting out of the water (which if you’re raced in Louisville you know what I mean.)
It was also nice that I didn’t need to be pulled out of the water to get into transition. There have been several events where the water exit was either slippery, poorly maintained or just plain non-existent.
The bike course was closed, which from a piece of mind perspective was a huge relief. Some races do not have the roads closed for racers and on top of maintaining safe riding distance from other athletes, you have to worry about people which feel they have the right of way rather than sharing the road!
I didn’t finish with a podium spot, but after the training cycle I’ve had (and the weather) I’m really happy with my results. I finished top 11% which is a little off from the top 10% I normally pull off.
I am excited to continue training, at least for the rest of the summer, in the water.
I think I have a plan for next year.
LOTS of push-ups!