100 Triathlons...my next will be # 153!
Go to the early blogs to read how I got into triathlons. Click on any picture to enlarge it. I'm now in USA Triathlon's Century Club; go to
https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/Membership-Services/Member-Recognition/Deca-and-Century-Club/Century-Club
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly." Theodore Roosevelt 1910

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dawn till Dusk 12 Hour Endurance Run

Saturday was a "leap of faith" race. I did the Dawn2Dusk 12 Hour Endurance Run put on by Seminole County Triathletes in Sanford, Florida. With a great venue along Lake Monroe, the 1 mile loop allows the competitors to rest/refresh whenever they like. While there were many teams with 2 or more members, I raced as an individual. My goal was 50 miles as I had done two 50K runs (31 Miles) before. The day started in the 60s with heavy fog but the sun came out at 10:00 AM and it quickly got into the 80s. I took breaks at 10, 20 and 30 miles. At this point, I had risen in the standings so I began pushing myself. By the 6:30 finish, I had completed 45 miles with plenty of race walking to keep going. Finished 4th out of 14 men overall; oldest by far. Top man Sean Baum did 57 and the top woman, Jennifer Jordan, got 66 miles in her first Ultra. Feeling good this morning with a little soreness and a bit of sunburn despite precautions. Used a lot of Hammer nutrition and a slice of pizza at mile 32 and again at 36 while running helped a lot. Very enjoyable event with lots of support each lap as you passed the tent village by the finish line.  Pictures of friends and the race below.
Setting up

6:00 AM, foggy and cool

Start

Early in the fog


Heading west

Getting hot!

Nice view!

Out in the heat


Fourth place OA!


Carrie and David

Jennifer Jordan

Maria

Alan the mailman

Carrie

East line

North line

Hammermobile

Prelim results

Saturday, October 28, 2017

#152 Great Floridian Triathlon 1/3 in Clermont

October 21st was my 3rd time at the Great Floridian Triathlon, doing the 1/3 distance.  This year's race was a repeat of the 3 loop full, which makes doing a single loop easy; .8 mile swim, 38 mile bike, 8.8 mile run.  This year was 70' at the start, very different than last year's 50s and windy.  I got there plenty early and was well rested for this race.  I did miss my training week at Longboat Key due to the office move/vacation cancellation.

Swim start was late, at 9:00 AM, due to the other distances going first.  Water temp was 77.5' so I did not wear a wetsuit (unlike many others).  Swim was fine and I was 2 minutes faster than 2016 at 36:01.  Quick exit and I jumped on the bike just as the wind was picking up.  I do wish I'd worn my thin Hammer jersey to protect my back from the sun, as I got a nice sunburn despite the sunscreen.  The 38 mile bike leg is very hilly and the wind added to the fun.  Buckhill's many climbs were a definite challenge with Sugarloaf Mountain looming ahead.  I began the big climb up Sugarloaf at mile 23 and it was quite hard.  I did manage a smile for the photographer near the top though.  Max speed off the hill was a bit slower at 39.2 as the wind was stronger by then.  I did pass 2 "big wheel" aero bikes on the way down too!  After hitting 42.7 mph going down Rocky Ridge, my right hamstring cramped climbing another hill getting back to town.  I just pedaled easy and it subsided quickly.  Got back to transition with a disappointing time of 2:23:35, six minutes slower than last year; average speed 15.3 mph.

Began the run easy and only had 1 cramp (right hamstring again) at about mile 1.  Stopped and stretched and began running with surprising ease.  Matt Mahoney caught me around mile 2.4 and I just let him go. We've been racing each other for years and he's a fast runner.  By now it was 1:00 PM and the sun was merciless with temps nearing 90.  I caught another competitor at mile 4 and passed another just before the second turnaround.  I pulled away but kept glancing back to see if he recovered but my worries were groundless.  I hit the finish line at 4:44:02 for a 5th place out of 7.  Last year I was 5th out of 13 with a 4:27:32, so I lost more time on the run.  This was the toughest race I'd done in several years but in retrospect, I did well.  This was my last race in 60-64 as I "age up" to 65-69 on January 1, 2018.

Ready to go!

Four races in one day!

Moulton SST is ready.

Bike Friday in transition; never met the owner.

Climbing Sugarloaf Mountain.

More people climbing Sugarloaf.

Bike ride profile for the full-iron distance; 3 laps.

Bike leg done!

Relaxing with Hammer Recoverite.

Monday, August 14, 2017

#151 Clermont Sprint Triathlon in August

August 12 was my first time back at Clermont since my brief illness caused me to miss the July race.  It seems like the Sprint Series is more popular than ever with a lot more people each time.  Met plenty of old friends and my club, the Seminole County Triathletes had a strong showing.

Weather was perfect at the start with a light breeze from the Southeast.  Starting off in the fourth wave, I had a nice swim and jumped on the bike immediately.  Bike ride had the usual hills which I really enjoy.  The slight headwind kept my downhill speed off the big hill to 38.4 mph but was really welcome on the run.  I caught one guy on the bike and three guys on the run but one was Bill Black who races in the Clydesdale class.  I ended up 9th out of 14 with a strong finish.  James Mayer won (again) with Will Hathaway in second.  Great day!

Bill Black and I right before the start.

Swim start; I'm on the left.
Finishing the swim.

Last turn on the bike.

Heading in on the run

Finish!

Bill Walsh doing his 1,000 triathlon today, with Sandy.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

# 150 Tri-Y Port Orange Triathlon



After missing what I thought would be triathlon #150 (July's Clermont Sprint Tri) due to stomach distress, I was anxious to get back in the game ASAP.  So two weeks later, I headed out to Port Orange for the Sprint Tri there.  I finished second here last year and it's a fun, low-pressure race.  The swim is in the Halifax River which is salty, the bike goes over the Dunlawton (high) bridge twice with cycling on A1A in the middle.  The run heads down the causeway onto Halifax Ave. along the river with the finish back at Panhead Pizza.
After my arrival, a lucky omen appeared in the shape of a dolphin swimming by the swim start on the causeway.  I arrived at transition right at 6:00 AM and was delighted to find that Don the race director had gotten me #150.  I got my bike racked and discovered friends Ryan and Emily were also competing along with a small group from Seminole County Triathletes.  The race started right at 7:00 as the dawn lit the skies just to the east.  The swim was a water start so it was nice to begin swimming immediately.  I was surprised to discover, with the low tide, that the water depth was only 2' deep at the turnaround buoy.
The bike leg started with the big climb up the flyover bridge followed by 6 miles south toward the lighthouse and then a return.  I had my average bicycle speed up to 18.3 mph but the final bridge climb pushed it down to 18 at the end.
Taking off on the run, we crossed under the causeway and began heading back to the mainland for the 4 mile run.  Almost immediately, I caught another runner who looked to be in my age group though no age was showing on his leg.  I passed him and settled down to the task of putting distance between us.  A few glances back showed he was still behind me.  When we reached the turnaround for the finish, I counted a 28 second gap.  However, I didn't relax until about a block from the finish line and then poured it on for a big finish.  My time of 1:25:52 was good enough for first place and a minute later the guy I was worried about crossed the line and confirmed he WAS in my age group.
Allison Gross from SCT won her age group also.  There was a great breakfast and a nice awards ceremony so that left everyone happy.

So, I've done 150 triathlons since my first in August 1993 in Chicago. No DNFs, No DQs, and no penalties.  Looking forward to continuing to compete as long as I enjoy it.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible especially my wife Sandy, who always kept me well fueled for the events.

Moulton SST ready to go!

Dawn over transition

#150!

Nice drone shot; I'm at the bottom of the photo!

Heading out on the bike

Quick right turn

Catching first place

Taking the lead

First place finish!

Trophy time

Man and his machine
Ryan and Emily
Off on the bike

Run in the sun
Big finish together!