This tri is a favorite of mine since I first did it in 2009. It's held on the campus of Webber Intl. University in Babson Park, near Cypress Gardens. The 600 yard lake swim is fine and the 5K run has a few hills but what makes it great is the 15 mile hilly bike ride on the Scenic 17 highway. My average speed on the bike was only 18.9 but my max was 39.8! Several long climbs are balanced by very fast downhills after great views at the top.
There were 9 total in my 55-59 age group so I had plenty of competition. I was 4th on the swim and 4th on the bike. There was a little problem on the run though. Leaving transition, I was passed for fourth by Charles Best after we dueled for the entire bike ride. After the turnaround at 1.55 miles, as I was climbing a hill with a right hand turn at the top, I put my foot into a hole at the pavement's edge. My foot rolled to the right and as I went down, I jammed my left big toe on the pavement. My right foot was really hurting so I walked about 500 yards and got passed again, moving me to sixth. I soon discovered it didn't hurt any worse running than walking so I hobbled all the way to the finish. The guys at the medical tent diagnosed it as a bruised tendon and iced it there. Even with my slow run, I finished 6th out of 9.