Sunday, July 24, 2011
Earlier today I participated in the 'pirates tri', a local sprint triathlon in organized by Lake metroparks. It has also become sort of a team in training alumni event for the triathletes, this was the second year.
We picked up packages on Thursday and while we were there - we did a practice swim.
The event started at 8, and at 6:30 I pulled into the parking lot. Although the tri is small 150 max the parking lot fills up quick. Milling around, meeting and greeting my friends, plus i ran into a few people I knew from work.
The start was a standing start (most of the swim you can stand up should you need to - which makes it attractive fro novice triathletes). Did my swim with some wheezing, but I managed to 'keep my cool'. I walked the transition - because of the wheezing and on to the bike. They ride and run start out with a short 75 yard steep hill and off to the race we went ... I think my avg was about 19 mph. Back and into run gear and up the hill again. Half way into the run I needed a rest room, and it was very uncomfortable to do the second half of the run.
At the end - I met briefly with my friends and headed off - as I had a lot to do this afternoon.
It is a fun tri, and the weather was hot and humid. My fluid intake (water and gatorade from this morning is currently in excess of a gallon).
Although I did OK, I will be honest and say I did not have my heart in this one ... It was kind of another day at the office - I am sure a good night sleep, rehydration, and aircondition will change my outlook.
Swim 15:24 Bike 44:13 Run 28:32 Total 1:28:09