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Tri the Vineyards Race Report, Part 1

This weekend, I took off for Georgia, where I got to spend my birthday weekend participating in an amazing event – the Tri the Vineyards sprint triathlon. Everything about this weekend was super!

I arrived at Chateau Elan at around 3:30 on Saturday. The chateau evidently has an amazing restaurant and wine bar (which I didn’t get a chance to enjoy).

Packet pickup was well run, and we were treated to some pretty good swag.
 We got free samples of Aquaphor, chain lube, and Advil.
 Our race t-shirt and swim cap.

I even got an amazing Headsweats visor!

The sommelier of the Chateau event hosted a free wine tasting at packet pickup! Unfortunately, I couldn’t partake because I had to drive back to Commerce to get to my hotel (note to self, book at room at the Chateau next year).
After packet pickup, I drove over to the lake to deposit my bike and check out the swim course.
My bike spent the night right near Lake Lanier.

The buoys weren’t out yet, but the very kind and helpful race director talked me through the route and assured me that there would be a whole bunch of lifeguards and kayaks on race day.
When I left the lake, I took the time to drive parts of the bike course. Saw a lot of these signs on the roads:
After a short and sweet athlete briefing, I drove on to Commerce to eat some carbs and get all my stuff organized for the race.
 Thanks to Priceline, I got a pretty sweet deal on a nice hotel in Commerce.
 My bike and swim gear all ready for T1.
Bed time came early, since I had to set my alarm for the incredibly uncivilized hour of 3:30 am!
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