Welll today was my first TRI. I think i ma hooked on TRI's now and where I thought this would be a one and done. I am already looking forward to my next event. I was 1 one of 240.
My TRI was 500 yard swim, 13 mile bike ride and and 2 mile run.
I am a prtty good swimmer so i was 5th out of the water on the first wave. The start was HORENDOUS. this is a YMCA event not nationals.for some reson not hoding your line in the water is acceptable. started kicking hard and got away from the pack shifted to breast to conserve energy and assist with navigation. I was holding pace wiht the leaders and dropping the pack in the swim...
got a line on the final trun bouy and shifted back to freestyle. in hind sight i should have gone for the win but i didn't know what i was in for in the bike and run. my goal was finsihing.
On the bike.. My Fuji touring bike Steel heavy i left my rack on the back
which mad e a great tray for my gloves and socks. i had a little hangup with my read derailuer which cost me a few minutes but i was thinking about.. Ride my Ride and Race my race dont Ride the guy that just droped me . thats his / then later with the women starting 8 mintes behind me Her race not mine.
i rode well i think as when i got to T2 there where about 25 bikes in T2. ( NOTE Mmmmmm In my there where a LOT of carbon TT bikes that I beat )
At this point I am mentally over competition Swimming and cyceling are my specailties and i am proud to say i kicked butt in those. One girl was FLYING on a flatbar road bike from specialized.... and there was a was alot of nice carbon in the T area. but i didnt get a chance to see it untll after the race
Now for the run. my weakness I have a bad knee from a mountian climb i did when i was 30. i can run about a mile and suffer after that...
at just over a mile into the run and i am a SLOW runner. my knee failed and i had to limp the to the finish. A lance Armstrong quote fills my head. I get my chant / cadence and muscled through it.
I never did walk i always maintained a pace that was well above a run but the damage was done. i got passed like a yugo on the autobahn.
I don't want my number to fade just yet... it felt great walking around stores and shops on the sunday in shorts with a TRI number on my legs and arms. Why Yes mere mortal i am a triathelete.
After going to my sons Bike race .25K grass course age 6 - 7. I do not think i want to be a cat 5 rider. those guys are out of my league that without the head start of the swim i do not think i would hold my own.
If you are thinking about trying a TRI.. do it do it do it.
Overall i finsihed 78th. witha time of 1:18:xx official results will be posted this week.