JORDANELLE TRI 2017 great temps and yummy pizza

As the sun rises over Jordanelle reservoir the triathletes are anxiously zipping up wetsuits and making final preparations for T1.  From the cool morning to the warm finish line this race was exceptional.

This was my 2nd time participating in the TRIUTAH Jordanelle Triathlon.  It starts with parking a little ways from the swim in the small town of Francis.  The ROCK CLIFF campground is small enough that there is not enough onsite parking for 350 athletes.

The water was perfect.  Not to cold but cool enough to stay comfortable in a wetsuit.  Several competitors went without the wetsuit.  I was concerned that the temp would be cool on the bike.  The sun warmed us as we rode up a little bit of road that was under construction and merged onto a low traffic area to the east of the lake.  This was a really pleasant bike ride with very little car traffic.  Taking deep breaths never was accompanied by exhaust.

The run is one of my favorites because it is on the flat road coming from T2 out to the eadge of the campground and then you turn toward Jordanelle and start running on a dirt service road.  Then loop around by the lake through some nice single track.  The Olympic distance does 2 loops and this was fun to chase my son and never catch him.  (first time he has beat me)  He totally deserved to race faster than me because he is on my old bike and used an old surfing wetsuit during the swim.  It will be fun to see what he can do when he uses a blueseventy wetsuit and bike with ENVE wheels.  I had the gear advantage and he beat me by 45 seconds.  #prouddad

At the finish line there was PYRO PIZZA.  Every finisher received a nice medal and a TRIUTAH movement pint glass.  Great finishing food with oranges and bananas.  The age group awards included a cool hat and shirt.   We all had a great time and really enjoyed the event.  To see results goto

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Gelder Lewis has been snowboarding for more than 30 years. He heard Mark Allen speak at a motivational meeting and wanted to do a triathlon. He decided to get in shape for the winter months so he started doing triathlon. Now he is totally addicted and loves to swim, bike, run year round. Gelder enjoys testing, writing, talking and presenting information about all things gear and how it can enhance the endurance sport experience. Gelder still snowboards until the Greatest Snow on Earth melts each season.