We took I-77 all the way up through Virginia, West Virginia, then Ohio until we had to turn west just before Cleveland. There was some cool sights along the way going across the mountains.
|The capital building in Charleston, WV|
|Selfie in the car|
|The Ohio River crossing from WV into OH|
|Welcome to Ohio!|
Saturday was purely a social day. In the morning it was cloudy and cool, so Kelley and I decided to walk around downtown Sandusky some!
|Courthouse building in Sandusky|
|The Carousel Museum was really cool! They had a woodcarving show going on inside as well.|
|Woodcarving into a moose antler. Not something we see in the Carolinas.|
|Kelley in a back alley|
|Unbelievably cool brickwork! This small scale doesn't show how truly incredible this wall was.|
|We found a classic car show going on ! This is a 1947 Rolls Royce|
|Kelley fell in love with this 1936 Cord car (below too). I think this logo would make a cool tattoo.|
|We got our picture taken under a Buckeye tree in the Buckeye state!|
|Cedar Point parking lot was the host location|
|First look at the roller coasters and Lake Erie/Sandusky Bay|
|Closer shot of some of the roller coasters|
|Lake Erie! The great lakes are creepy. It looks like an ocean, but it's fresh water and in the middle of the country.|
|Finish Strong making a presence at Revolution3 site!|
|The midwestern seagulls are huge. Seriously some of the largest birds I've seen on a beach.|
|I love Rev3's personalized TA setups!|
|Roberta is on the rack and ready to ride|
|Can you tell I was one of the first people at the bike checkin?|
After the packet pickup and bike checkin, we sat through the athlete meeting. It was actually very interesting! Those things tend to be boring and repetitive after you've done a few dozen triathlons, but the Rev3 race director was very entertaining and put lots of great information out there.
Kelley had never seen any of the Great Lakes before. I had only seen Lake Michigan a couple of times in 2003 when I was in Wisconsin on a work trip. This time, seeing Lake Erie as an athlete it was a completely different experience. Stop messing with my mind, midwest! I know a freaking ocean when I see one. There was waves and sandy beaches, everything you should have for an ocean swim. Only the water was fresh - not salty - and there was Canada on the other side, not Africa or Europe. It did mess with my brain a bit.
|First time sticking our feet in Lake Erie!|
|Check out that chop! Not good for swim racing.|
|Kelley with the roller coasters in the background|
|I love this shot. Her hair blew over my shoulder.|
|The beach, swim finish, and the roller coasters. The swim start is way in the background there too.|
|Both of us with the Big R3 in transition.|
|Me and Alisa Dixon!|
After dinner it was time to relax for a bit, watch some college football, and get to bed early. Race day started at 5:15 am! Of course I didn't really sleep too well knowing what was ahead of me.....