Race Report by Statesboro Pacer, Nathan Kile
9/26/05, Atomic Man Triathlon, Oak Ridge, TN
Just participated in my second triathlon this month in Oak Ridge, TN, 9/26/05 and it was called the Atomic Man. This triathlon was a half-iron distance event consisting of a 1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike, and a 13.1 mi run. I moved here from Colorado last fall and prior to that I lived in TN. This race helped me to remember what a joy hills can be. The swim took place in the TN river and the water was perfectly flat and fast. After that however, Matt McBride (who also was representing the flat lands of GA) and I tackled an unrelentingly hilly bike course. I can't say for sure how much vertical we climbed, but I do know that there was very little flat terrain. The course however was quite pleasant as we rode through the countryside under a canopy of trees and past the place where the nuclear bomb was developed during WWII. Hence, Atomic Man. (I just hope I don't start to glow in the dark) The run was definitely the most challenging part of the race. It was much flatter than the bike course was but there was still plenty of "rolling" terrain to make you go uuggg. The hardest part of the run was the heat. It was unseasonably hot in TN and the run was totally exposed. Many people say that the Atomic Man is the toughest half-iron that they even know of, and the capstone of the race is known as "the hill." This hill is climbed over the last half mile of the run and goes from roughly river level straight up to a scenic overlook from which you can see the entire river valley. It's quite a tough finish. Despite the tough course, Matt and I both had a very successful race. This was Matt's first race of this distance and he finished strong placing 10th in the 20-24 division, while I took 2nd in the 30-34. Looking for a challenge? Then check this race out.