I did it! I completed what I set out to do...complete my first triathlon. I had an absolute blast on Sunday. The course was awesome, the crowds were awesome, and my cheering section was the loudest of all! Big thanks to my wife, Heidi, my kids, and my great friends, Jon, Niki, and of course Elie!
As for my performance, I am very pleased. For my first triathlon, I placed 15th out of 81 in the Clydesdale division, with a time of 1:22:45. My splits were as follows: Swim - 16:54 (800 meters + 200 yard run up the beach), T-1 - 2:15, Bike - 35:55 (avg. 18.4 mph), Run - 27:43 (8:56 pace). I was really surprised by my swim time. When I looked down at my watch as I climbed out of the ocean, it read 14:27 and I could not believe it! I never came close to that in training, I guess the adrenaline really had an impact.
I knew I would fare well in the bike, but it was an especially fast, yet technical course. I realized you have to watch for flying water bottles coming from riders ahead of you; seems to be a common occurrence and can take you out if you are not careful. The run was tough man! It is very different than on fresh legs. I definitely felt slower on the run than I would have liked, but that just means I need more brick training!
I hope you have all enjoyed this journey with me, but now I am officially hooked on Tri. I am quickly becoming a Tri-geek, have another race scheduled for October 11 (A Day at the Beach in Hermosa) and I am planning on an Olympic Distance race in March or April of 2010. Look out Ironman...here I come!
Tuesday the 20th
2 years ago