100 Triathlons
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

Monday, September 30, 2019

# 169 Crystal River Sprint Triathlon

Crystal River Triathlon today on the Gulf coast of Florida. Swim cancelled due to water quality problem so it became a duathlon; 2 mile run, 15 mile bike, and 2 mile run. 
Bike was a flat course time trial with the only turn being the turnaround so I used 2 gears the whole ride. Average speed was 18.9 mph on the SST. Lots of fast, old men there so I ended up with a 6th out of 8 for my 169th tri. My first 2 mile run was 17:20 and the second 17:07.  Total time was 1:24:13.
The winner, David Morrow, is the current 65-69 duathlon world champion and finished in 1:08:32. 
SCT's Jason Ward got a second in Clydesdale and his son Jacob raced for UCF. Racked by me were a pair of identical twins doing their first tri; Darla and Carla Forrester.  JP (John-Paul Russo) was there fixing bikes and USAT Referee Jill Bowers was keeping everyone honest.

Moulton SST is ready!

JP's bike repair

JP at work

Jill inspecting bikes

Transition area

Kenyon Congdon has his booth there.

Hammermobile on course

Quiet beach

Jason and Jacob Ward

Happy at the finish!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

# 168 Clermont Sprint Triathlon in September

Great race Saturday; triathlon # 168! This was the final race in the four event Clermont series and I went into it in 2nd place. Got there in plenty of time, racked and ready quickly. 

Had a great swim, solid bike; hit 38.4 mph off the big hill followed by that inspiring 7 mph climb up the other side. Enrique Mercado got a great photo of me climbing the first hill. Fast run and finished strong. 

Lots of friend there and many won Series trophies. I repeated the third race, finishing second behind James Mayer. He won the Series with me in second; OK since I won last year.  James won 3 of the 4 races this year.
Next up: Great Floridian Tri in October!
Ready to go!
with Jill Bowers
James Mayer and I, Series winner
First hill
At the finish

Amy and Rob
Podium time!
Hammermobile!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

# 167 Clermont Sprint Triathlon in August

Great triathlon yesterday in Clermont, Florida,; #167. Warm and humid at the start, good swim followed by a great bike ride. This woman and I had a see-saw battle through the hills. Enrique Mercado got a great photo of me climbing the first big hill. She pulled ahead just before the big downhill (38.6 mph) and I passed her on the next uphill at 7 mph and never looked back. We entered transition with her behind me and then the run began. I finished 3 minutes ahead of her as the run is where you win. Saw my nemesis James Mayer at mile 1 as he was heading back so he was a mile ahead of me. I finished well in the heat; high 80s by now in full sun. After my 5th place at this event in July I was surprised to find a 2nd place trophy waited for me. Lots of friends at this race too. Wonderful day!
Moulton at the ready!

Fred Sommer hard at work

Transition filling up

Fun before the race

Andreas and Kerry

All set

With Bill Black

First big hill
Great people!
  

After the race

Rob and Amy

Calm before the storm

Waterfront Park venue

Kenyon Congdon and his son Casey

Happy with second place!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

# 166 Port Orange Tri-Y Triathlon

Great time today at the Port Orange Triathlon on the Halifax River! You know it's going to be special when you see dolphins in the swim course before the race and on the run along the Halifax river.  Fourth time doing this race
Managed a First today as I didn't recognize any of my competitors so I just pushed as hard as I could throughout. Averaged 18.1 mph on the bike with 2 climbs over the flyover bridge (18.5 at the start of the second climb) and 8:42 mile splits for the flat 4 mile run; total 1:28:21.  1:31 slower than my fastest time at this event.  One comment during the cycling leg; "Wow, that bike is so cool!"
Lots of Seminole County Triathletes here today and 3 co-workers from EY, Brian Cash, Chris Hyma, and Jason Seifert. Brian got a second and Chris a fourth with a running injury. Hot and sunny too.  John and Dana Dambrauskas both had great days; Dana won Female OA and John won his age group.
First in transition, swim course on left, Ormond Beach in background.

Team EY: myself, Jason, Brian, and Chris

Transition filling up!

Off on the bike!

Coming through!

First mile on the run.

Great finish!
With Brian and Jason

First Place!

John and Dana D.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

# 165 Clermont Sprint Triathlon in July

Triathlon # 165 today; great results but not what I was expecting. Moulton SST performed great after the new shifter was added by Diane on Friday. 
Average speed over the very hilly course was 17.4 mph. I was in 7th off the bike but passed 2 guys on the run. Finished 5th out of 13 with surprises as 2 more fast old guys showed up. James Mayer, who won here in June, ended up 4th today; first and second were 3 seconds apart and were 48th and 49th overall out of 308 triathletes! 
Friends Kerry Librada Girona won Female OA and Heather Schulz won Masters Female in her first triathlon in 25 years! Lots of Seminole County Triathletes here today too; hats off to Alma Ortiz for setting up the club tent today. Got to meet Clermont Police Chief Chuck Broadway during the bike leg too. This is a tough race!
Moulton SST all ready

Big field, over 300!

Out of the water

Finishing the run!

James Mayer

Police Chief Chuck Broadway

Dave and Carrie

Heather Schulz and Kerry Librada Girona

Carrie and Joe Rodriguez

Alma Ortiz and friends 


Kenyon with Heather and her daughter Amber