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UP Northwoods Triathlon.. my first race...AWESOME :)

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Monday, July 02, 2012

I finished my first triathlon today and I finished strong. I did far better that I thought I would in spite of irregular training and just stuff getting in the way. My biggest fear was swimming since I have not really been a swimmer in my life. i went from knowing nothing about basic endurance swimming to doing an incredible job on the swim course. Out of 43 male sprint participants, I was 28th out of the water to head into transition if I read the results right. I am very proud of myself for how well I have adapted to open water swimming. When I first started, I couldn't do more than a lap or two before becoming totally winded and would have to stand up and catch my breath.

I had all this anxiety about the swim course and it would up being the easiest part of the whole race. I was actually a little disappointed that there wasnt more to do, the water was PERFECT this morning.

The transition was less than graceful but i got through it in 3 min 53 sec.. then it was off to the bike course. I knew what I was in for since i had toured the course a week earlier. About 8 miles of the bike course was really hard and my cycling was hit and miss at best but i really did good. One particular hill was affectionately named 'Cardiac Hill"

Here is a picture of it. you can see the hills and the big hill in the background but a picture does NOT do it justice. Ya just gotta be there... The rest of the hilly parts was pretty much like this as well. In a word...gruelling.


The bike course was simply beautiful and the weather was perfect for riding. I did alot of spinning to cope with the hard climbs. One of the big questions of successful triathlon is how much energy do you expend to gain in one discipline without it degrading the others. i decided to take it easy on the bike since it was so demanding so that I might have something left for the run.

I was never happier to get off the bike after such a gruelling ride through the hills. I moved very quickly through transition 2 and into the run. My T2 time was only 36 seconds.

My first few steps off the bike made me feel like my shoes had been turned into cement blocks. The only way I can describe how I felt was about how I would feel at mile 10 of a tough half marathon. I had used alot of energy negotiating the hills on the bike and now my legs felt like lead. That had to be the toughest 5K race I have ever done.

One thing that should be noted is that it was really tough to evaluate how I was really feeling on the run. I felt my usual "runners sense" as to how much effort I had left in me was skewed by the fatigue from the bike. What i felt I was doing pace-wise and what the chip time actually said were two different things. I felt like I was doing a 45-50 minute 5K with the sluggishness i was feeling. My chip time was actually 39:04, only 25 sec from a new PR for the 5K.

The race: .3mile swim / 18 miles bike / 5K run

My overall performance was-
swim: 13:55, T1 3:53, bike: 1:16, T2 36 seconds, Run 39:04 Overall sprint time: 2hrs: 13 min


-Packet Pickup






My Transition area












Overall, I am so proud of myself. I am really tired, sunburned, but very happy. This was a brand new thing for me and it took alot of courage to take something that I have only dabbled in and to actually compete. I'm hooked. All i can think about is what I can do to get ready for the next one. Now, for the first time, long course triathlon doesn't seem so far fetched. I can actually see myself finishing a Half Ironman in the next 2 to 3 years with consistant training. I think I can actually make this a reality.

thank you so much for all of the comments, goodies, and all the support. I read every one of them before I headed out to the staging area. i took you with me.

Love you folks :)

Robert
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PAISLEYQUEEN 7/3/2012 1:56PM

    Love your wall!!! You are an inspiration, thank you so much for sharing.

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TERRYT55 7/3/2012 1:53PM

    You should be proud of yourself! I loved all of your pictures........Congrats on your accomplishment.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/3/2012 1:49PM

    I am so proud of you. You did great. I enjoyed the pictures. That hill looks like "cardiac hill" I live on the highest hill in New Britain, and I don't think it is that bad.

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LYNCHD05 7/3/2012 1:40PM

    Just looking at those hills makes me pant! You should be so proud of yourself. What an accomplishment!

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GOING-STRONG 7/3/2012 1:16PM

    That wall of your is getting pretty sweet looking! Good job and congrats on the times. Awesome job on your 1st Tri.

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NEWCHINELO 7/3/2012 1:14PM

    congratulations!

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JULIA1154 7/3/2012 12:59PM

  Congratulations, Robert, and thanks for the photos - they give a great sense of what you conquered!

Enjoy the sweet glow of accomplishment. emoticon

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BESCATS 7/3/2012 12:53PM

    No other word for it but AWESOME !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 7/3/2012 12:36PM

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Love your "trophy" wall!

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CAROLC64 7/3/2012 12:31PM

    Great job and great post!! Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon

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FOREVERFITCHICK 7/3/2012 12:25PM

    Robert, you inspire me to keep chugging.......especially on days when I don't want to or am tapped for motivation! I applaud you and your most recent accomplishment!

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PJMATH 7/3/2012 12:09PM

    Congratulations!! Awesome job reaching your goal!!! I've always wanted to do a triathlon and your pictures made me homesick (I grew up 45 minutes from Iron Mountain). Maybe next year I'll go home to visit and complete my first tri...

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PJMATH 7/3/2012 12:07PM

    Congratulations!! I've always wanted to do a triathlon and your pictures made me homesick (I grew up 45 minutes from Iron Mountain). Maybe next year I'll go home to visit and complete my first tri...

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BLESSED2BEME 7/3/2012 12:07PM

    Absolutely amazing and I LOVE your brag wall! I can't wait to have one for myself.

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 7/3/2012 11:49AM

    This is so inspiring! Congratulations on a successful finish.

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SJKENT1 7/3/2012 11:48AM

    Congratulations!! How very awesome for you. emoticon

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JANETRIS 7/3/2012 11:45AM

    Fabulous Job! You remind me of me and my tri efforts! We can't let the "big Boys" intimidate us. Us Newbies have every right to have fun with this too! Way to go! Here's to many more! emoticon emoticon

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AINTSHELITTLE 7/3/2012 11:43AM

  Goodness, well done! My neighbour is a triathlon freak, lol. I do like to run, but the thought of swimming outside puts me off anything more. I have only just learnt to swim anyway. But this is YOUR moment so flipping well done you, I say! L

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MIKEYCO 7/3/2012 11:38AM

    Way to go! You are truly an inspiration. I have the desire to get out there and try something 5K or bike race but know I am not physically t that point. I have been working on that but the last few weeks I have not really had the desire but after seeing what can be done it is back. I know there is a lot of hard work ahead of me but I think I am actually looking forward to it.

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MITCHARVEY 7/3/2012 11:30AM

    YAHOO congrats on the race!
I am happy my tri will not have a "cardiac hill" lol. I wish you all the best in your future training and hope you have caught the Tri bug:)

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SKLAPALM 7/3/2012 11:22AM

    awesome job. What a great way to enjoy the UP.

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RAVENBRAN20 7/3/2012 11:15AM

    Way to go!!!! emoticon

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TPETRIE 7/3/2012 11:15AM

  Congratulations on an event well done. What a great experience. You did it with more expectations for yourself. You will achieve your next goal. emoticon

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MADOMAN 7/3/2012 11:08AM

  I have done three now- bought a bike. Like to swim slow. You can email me at n2gtr1@ruraltel.net (my other interest- guitar!) I am 51 with a 7 and 11 year old and run a business with my wife. love to train, in our little town out on the kansas prairie we have a group of about 30 fairly enthusiastic older (40-70) endurance atheletes. We have also some real talent. Not me- I got my sprint down to 1:23 or so last year. Would like to stay under 1:28 for this race (each course is different) however, training has been tough this year. congrats.

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SMOCKON 7/3/2012 10:55AM

    I am winded just reading about the race! All I can say is: You are incredible! emoticon

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CICELY360 7/3/2012 10:44AM

  Impressive. I haven't gotten the nerve to try even a 5K.

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ANDYLIN90 7/3/2012 10:27AM

    Wow, I'm so impressed. CONGRATULATIONS!!

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RUNNERGIRL333 7/3/2012 10:26AM

    Congratulations! I know exactly how proud you feel! Keep up the great work, it only gets better emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 7/3/2012 10:25AM

    Incredible! Way to go!

Wishing you continued success as you keep moving forward on your healthier lifestyle journey!

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LAURIE5658 7/3/2012 10:22AM

    All I can say is...RAWK!!!!!!!!!!

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TONYVAND1 7/3/2012 10:17AM

  emoticon Great job. You motivate me to run as well.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/3/2012 10:14AM

  Oh my GOSH!!!! emoticon That is some feat you did. I just or up, ad it makes me tired considering it. You must be healthy and strong. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAWNY2 7/3/2012 10:11AM

    Great Job! You have to be so proud of yourself!

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SUSIEMT 7/3/2012 10:06AM

    Congrats!! How exciting!

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WALLINMW 7/3/2012 9:59AM

  WTG!!! Stay motivated!

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