This was my third time participating at Barrelman and it did not disappoint. Beautiful picturesque sunrise, calm waters, and the last minute calls for (and finding) assistance; what I’ve come to expect from this race. Conversations about the course and tips were mingled with the general air of excitement. One of the nice touches is the performance of both the American and Canadian national anthems, most races only perform the host country’s.
You could tell the day was going to be a warm one as evidenced by the numerous tubes popping during the pre-race and once the swim waves got underway. Living in an area with heat and humidity I knew to slightly under-inflate my tires but it was nice to have a fellow ambassador stop by and remind me. I checked the pressure before heading down to the swim start. Read more