This past weekend, Westcoast Brace & Limb was proud to sponsor the first ever Westcoast Relay Team at the Tri-Cooter Sprint Triathlon in Inverness, FL. Bryan Augustine, fiancé of practitioner Bridget Lawler , Bobby Puckett, WCBL patient and Para-Olympic hopeful, and Andrea Puckett, Amputee Case Manager, were our racers.
The morning started off very early, leaving the house at 4am to make it in time for the 6am registration. Registration temperatures were barely in the 50s! The start of the race was delayed 30 min to allow the sun to rise and (hopefully) increase the temperatures. Bryan started off the race with a ¼ mile swim. Bobby performed the 12 mile bike ride, while Andrea brought up the rear with a 3 mile run.
Each leg was not without its little challenges: The swim was in 72 degree water—very chilly for triathlon standards. Bryan also got caught in the hubbub of a water rescue while trying to finish the swim. Bobby’s bike ride garnered a lot of attention due to his unique hand-cycle, almost causing a collision when a curious non-racer stopped to stare. Andrea had the unfortunate luck of having the running path pass the Cooter Festival food vendors and their delicious aromas, not once, but TWICE!
Despite those little obstacles, the Westcoast team placed 2nd in the relay division! Congratulations!
The race was a success for all of the triathletes that competed in the chilly temperatures. One of the most memorable quotes of the day was from a runner, leaving the transition area after the bike portion. He stopped one of the race officials on his way out to run, pointed at his bike helmet and asked: “Can you get this off? I can’t feel my fingers!” Hopefully he thawed out after the run.