Race Coverage

Coyotes, Semis and Super Good Sandwiches...



By Noah Billings

TRI BY KNIGHT RACE REPORT - I was interested in Tri by Knight at Wartburg College because their reschedule date, October 10, 2020,  fit perfectly between mountain bike races and looked to be a way to get one more race in before the end of season.  I liked the distance proportions.  It had a short 300 swim, a nice 15 mile bike, then a 3 mile run to finish.   

We left at 4:45 AM and drove to the college.  We almost hit a coyote. Because of Covid, there were a lot of extra rules about spectators and who could go into the fieldhouse, but they had a ton of student athlete volunteers so there were a lot of people to help.  Also, my tri friends from Rochester- Kevin Proud, Lael Daire, and Sarah Hunter- were all there so I hung with them pre-race. 

I was a little nervous for this race. My mom got covid at her work and we had to quarantine for 2 weeks and my doctor and coach said I should not train at all during that time.  I was released from quarantine and allowed to exercise 1 week before the race.  I was worried about whether I would still be fast.

The race started time trial style.  The swim was inside the fieldhouse and was a serpentine swim.  I thought it was super fun.  The transition was not too far, but it seemed huge because of the space between bikes.  The Bike was super windy riding through cornfields on a 2-lane road.  They told me the wind was 20 mile/hour.  There was a semi that slowed me down, but then it sped up and got gravel dust everywhere.  That was the worst part of the race.  After the semi, I turned so the wind was not a problem anymore and I was flying.  The run was a little hilly, it was 3 one-mile laps and part of the lap was through the stadium, so I got to see my parents cheer 3 times on the run.  I felt like my run was really strong.  I was pretty confident I had done well because I was able to pass another kid who I knew was fast. 

I got a drinking glass for finishing.  I took 1st in my age group (u-19) and 8th overall.  My time was 1:06:54. I got a cool backpack for first place.  We went to a really cool deli in Waverly, Iowa for sandwiches after and they were super good. 

I will probably do this race again, it was a fun course and I liked the swag.  The drive home was awesome because the fall colors were great. RESULTS

Please update your Flash Player to view content.
Please update your Flash Player to view content.
Please update your Flash Player to view content.