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Geezers Can Do Triathlons Too!

Saturday, September 14, 2013



It was a mixed bag of effort and results. I finished my first triathlon today, and had a wonderful time. Met new people, swim, rode and ran as hard as I could.



The swim portion went mostly uneventfully - I didn't expect to break any speed records, but I did well. I only actually trained for the swimming and bike for a month. Felt about as strong as I expected. The numbers breakdown are not in yet that tell my times in each event. I only have the final result so far. When they called us to the pre race meeting, I strolled over to the water, and listened to our instructions. Never thinking I needed my swim cap and earplugs just yet, but soon found out we were to start soon. So DW went and fetched them for me from the bike transition area.



There was a no swimming sing posted. WTH? This got some folks talking about alligators.



Here's me coming out of the water.


It was a long way to the bikes from the swim, probably a quarter mile.

Off I went, to get my bike. I got started fairly smoothly, don't know the transition time yet, though. No pictures of me actually on the 12 mile course, DW just got one of me leaving and one returning.





The bike ride was hard for me. I'm not really a bicyclist, more just casual riding on my old mountain bike, so I was worried about this portion. At one point, I took a wrong turn. I wasn't paying attention and the pack had thinned out, I got confused, thinking I'd seen someone turn left. I turned left and didn't see anyone, so I stopped and looked back and saw other rider going past the turn I'd made! Darn it, lost time. I quickly admonished myself to not fret, just get going and have fun. I only need to finish, stop worrying about times. I felt okay most of the ride, and even got a bit of energy around mile 10 - enough to have what I felt was a strong finish. I never passed anyone, but they surely passed me. That's fine, it's what I expected.

Got to the transition area okay, and since I was not wearing riding shoes, I just had to remove my helmet, put on my race belt with my number, take a quick GU and a sip of water and take off running. Take off. Hah. Not hardly. I got kind of shuffle off for a while, but I had to walk and stretch out my legs before I could actually run. And oh, darn, I have something in my shoe biting into my big toe. I stop and fiddle around with the shoe. My foot pad had come loose and a pebble was sticking to the adhesive that was there. I put the pad back in place and took off again. Soon my shoelace was flopping in the breeze. It was wet and would stay tied, once I undid it. This happened twice more, until I finally tied a knot in it and placed the loose ends in my shoe. Now I was okay. But, again, I thought about the time I lost.









Turns out these little loses of time didn't hurt me much. I did just fine. Way better than my 'secretly wished for' time. I wanted to come in under 1:45:00 and I did. By quite a bit.

Coming down to the finish:


And right at the finish line:


My final time was 1:31:53, good enough for a first place in my AG. I won't say how many people were in my AG but if you look at this picture you might be able to figure it out for yourself. They didn't give me an award for it, just announced my name and gave me the ribbon.



I was genuinely surprised that my time was so good. I've been running the numbers and never expected to do it that quickly. I can't wait to see the breakdown on each event. I just now went to their website, and the full results have not been posted yet.

But, hey, I finished!! Woo-Hooo!

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Edit:
0:11:58 Swim
0:02:31 Run to Bike
0:02:04 Bike Transition
0:46:10 Bike Time
0:00:33 Transition
0:28:34 Run Time
1:31:53 Total Time

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RAINEMARIE214 10/4/2013 11:48AM

    I somehow missed this post so I am only just reading it now, but WOW you did a great job! I am so impressed with your times, especially for having only been training for the bike and swim for about a month! You are really such an inspiration, and your blogging and status updates about your swimming and biking are really causing me to consider a triathlon next year, too!

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BLUENOSE63 10/3/2013 1:53PM

  From one triathlete to another....you did great! To think that was your very first triathlon.....man you will be doing IMs before you know it. Looking great on that podium. Thank god an alligator didn't eat you!



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LEANJEAN6 10/3/2013 8:33AM

    Holy cow! You are looking good-----(for a geezer!)--LOLOLOL----- Whatta great gift for ""YOU""----That is hatrd to do!!---Totally impressed!----Lynda emoticon

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LANNIEMANUEL 9/25/2013 7:47AM

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/23/2013 2:52PM

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Congratulations on your tri!

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KELSEY54 9/22/2013 7:04PM

    Good for you! You are amazing to do the venture. My son ran his first 1/2 today and his time was 1:59. He wanted to do it in 2:10, so he beat his time. I think he will be hooked now!

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/20/2013 8:06AM

    You are an AWESOME GEEZER! I love the blog!
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/16/2013 7:25PM

    Good Job!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/16/2013 2:03PM

    emoticon You did AWESOME!!!!

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LEWILL1982 9/16/2013 1:04PM

    Congratulations! Way to get it done! Ready for your next one??

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/16/2013 12:39PM

    Totally Awesome!!! emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 9/15/2013 7:59PM

    That is totally awesome! Congrats!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/15/2013 3:08PM

    Absolutely awesome!!! You are fantastic.

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IRONMOM39 9/15/2013 11:21AM

    Fantastic - well done and you looked great out there!!!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 9/15/2013 10:24AM

    You did it! Congratulations! :)

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DOGLADY13 9/15/2013 9:37AM

    I want to be a geezer like you! Your times are great! Congratulations. I had a blast doing my first sprint triathlon. Sounds like you got the bug and will be doing more.

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OPTIMIST1948 9/15/2013 9:21AM

    Your times are incredible - you did better than me! Great work!

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FITFOODIE806 9/15/2013 7:15AM

    Congrats triathlete!! It's such a fun sport and it seems you focused on the best part: fun! And then you did really well to boot. I love the podium picture!!

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PMRUNNER 9/15/2013 6:18AM

    Way to go!

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LUCKEGIRL40 9/14/2013 11:37PM

    Terrific!

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MARGARITTM 9/14/2013 8:40PM

    So now you get the sticker for the tri I hope!

Nice job!

Thin you will do another one?

I am REALLY committed to my marathon now. A deal is a deal!

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MJREIMERS 9/14/2013 8:29PM

    emoticon emoticon You did emoticon ! I am impressed! Keep it up, after a day or two of rest!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/14/2013 8:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Go, Geezers, Go! Let's hear it for us "senior" triathletes! I'm volunteering at one tomorrow again, went out to peek at the lake today... those buoys look a long ways out for the 1500 meters!

Proud of your outing today, man! Are you fully hooked now?

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DALID414 9/14/2013 7:42PM

    DW got some great photos!
Looks like you need to find competitors your own age emoticon Then again you look younger than you are so it may get tricky.
I don't know anything about swimming, but great time for your first bike ride and you flew on that run!
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MASRITE 9/14/2013 7:01PM

    I didn't realize the triathlon was so soon!! As you know, I am so proud of you!! I think that's an awesome time. Once my husband comes home, going to tell him. He's impressed with you, too!! Hope you're enjoying your big accomplishment!! emoticon

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HDHAWK 9/14/2013 6:48PM

    As usual, just another big accomplishment for you! Love the picture of you on the podium. Made me smile. I guess that says no one else was willing to try. emoticon

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NWFL59 9/14/2013 5:41PM

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRIVERONE 9/14/2013 4:27PM

    Congratulations. In the "Geezer" universe, that's outstanding.

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RUN4FOOD 9/14/2013 3:30PM

    Woo Hoo! Great job. Congratulations on finishing and on coming in first in your age group. You're showing all of us old guys how it should be done. Thanks for being a great example.

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LISAINMS 9/14/2013 3:25PM

    Congratulations! You're a triathlete! It was fun, wasn't it? Great community of people. So when is your next tri?

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MSSHERRY10 9/14/2013 3:03PM

  Congratulations! Great pics and blog.

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MWWENSIN 9/14/2013 3:00PM

    Great job and great time. Hope to be a running geezer like u one day.

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JACKIE542 9/14/2013 2:21PM

    So wonderful, another great blog, what a great accomplishment! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALICIA214 9/14/2013 2:10PM

 

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ICEDEMETER 9/14/2013 2:08PM

    What a joyous blog to start off the weekend with!

Kudos for your great accomplishment - and thanks so much for sharing your joy!

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ETTEZEUS 9/14/2013 1:50PM

    Fantastic!!
Congrats!!


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LAURIE5658 9/14/2013 1:42PM

    Absolutely outstanding!! I am so proud of you, Vic!!!!!!!

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ONMYMEDS 9/14/2013 1:36PM

    Geezers rule!!! Nice job my friend.

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2DAWN4 9/14/2013 1:28PM

    Way to go! Loved reading this blog!

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