Rose City Triathlon 2009

Rose City Triathlon 2009

Rick and I are trying to expand to cover more than just the Austin area endurance events. With that in mind, I was sent to cover a “small” and “scenic” triathlon in Tyler, well, outside Tyler in Whitehouse, Texas.

I decided to drive up to Dallas Friday night to hang with my cousins, Justin and Beverly. We had planned to take in a Rangers game, but the deluge of September rain prevented that from happening. We headed out to a restaurant named Celebration where they definitely celebrate food. The 5 hour drive in a rain soaked and swollen river Central Texas, I was ready to eat. So I put down 4 pork chops, salad and two bowls of fried okra, with a help of chicken and sausage gumbo to start. Good thing as the next morning proved.

I couch crashed at Justin’s townhouse Friday night with Milo and Sammy, boston terrier and rescue cat. Alarm went off at 5am, and I was out the door by 5:20am to drive the 100 miles to Whitehouse without breakfast or rain gear. oops.

Figured at some point along the way I would stop at a Wal Mart or something to grab some ponchos and a taco or something. Hit up the CVS in Tyler for the ponchos, but forgot about food as I was stressing about finding the event site.

Got the Jetta parked on a side road, skies had cleared up momentarily. So I got my gear to quick scout the course. The race starts on the spillway which is kinda cool, but this year the water line was 50 feet lower than the year before. So that made things a little treacherous. I was shooting candids on the dam when the skies opened and turned into 7-11. (they never closed)

Quickly I placed the poncho over me and my camera, and headed to a dry place with the rest of my gear. I made the decision that the strobes would not be making an appearance today due to mud, muck, wind and water.

I figured out that I could shoot T1 from the awards tent, I got some nice separated backgrounds from here, the best compromise I could find. I kept hoping that the rain would stop for the finish line photos.

Once the swimmers came through, I headed over to the finish area (the bike course was an impossibility to photograph with just me, too many participants) with an umbrella in my left hand and camera in my right.

Here I was introduced to Gina (sp?), an awesome endurance athlete (triple-Ironman finisher), who for her next event, held my umbrella for about 45 minutes. Thanks Gina!
Rose City Triathlon 2009

This allowed me to zoom. The problem was, my preferred placement of runner and finish signage was altered because I had a big honkin umbrella in the way of the runners. I was forced to shoot off angle a little.

From here on the race went well, got the finishers coming across the line, cleaning my front lens element profusely.

On the drive home, I took a new road home, Texas SH 31. Very pretty drive, lots of cool small towns.

Yeah for endurance athletes, volunteers and rain!

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  1. Four porkchops? Seriously? Why do you not weigh 500 pounds, Josh? Don’t say running. I gained more weight when training for an Ironman than I did the many years I was completely sedentary.

  2. Nice medal shot. It’s been 3 hours since you posted on FB, but do I dare ask if I’m the first comment? 🙂 Come on, Josh! You know we’re going to need pics of our kiddos soon! Wish you come be in Tahoe to take pics of Clint in 2 weeks. I’ll have to do my best.

  3. Porkchops are awesome! I eat when I am hungry and I ate until I am not hungry, then I stop. seems to work well

    thanks kaush

    crisy, wish i could be there in tahoe too, it’s gonna be an experience thats for sure. holler when yall get back

  4. Hi guys,

    I know this might be a bit off topic but seeing that a bunch of you own websites, where would the best place be to host. Someone recommended I use Blue Host for $6.95 a month which seems like a great deal. Anyone here on using them?

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