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, August 13, 2018

# 158 Clermont Sprint Triathlon in August

Finished second today out of six in my 158th triathlon; averaged 17.6 mph on the bike course and hit 38.9 coming off the big hill. Great run as the overcast moved in but I stayed in second place for the whole race.  Been 2 years since I got a podium in Clermont; if only that guy from Jacksonville had stayed home.

New friend Ryan Ridge did his first tri today; he has lost 50 pounds since January with more to go. Fred Sommer very kindly gave me a number in the wrong rack to be next to Ryan.  I've been giving Ryan advice and he hired Jeff Cuddeback to coach him. Ryan finished alongside his friend Michelle, doing her first triathlon also.

Lots of Seminole County Triathletes here today too. Meggan Ann Johnson finished a fast third (passing me on the bike again!) in 35-39 Female.  I usually catch her on the run but she finished a minute ahead.  Kenyon and Tamara Congdon was there with his family too.
Finishing the bike!

Enjoying the run.


Ryan's cool shirt!

Ryan and me at the finish.

My Moulton SST performed well.

Meggan on the podium

On more step up!

Kenyon, Tamara, and family.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

# 157 Port Orange Tri-Y Triathlon

Triathlon #157 today: Port Orange Triathlon just south of Daytona on the Halifax River. You know it's going to be a great race when you see dolphins on the swim course before the start!

Sprint tri with a twist; 4 mile run instead of the usual 3. Brought the AM Esprit that arrived from the UK two weeks ago. In water start, swimming into the sunrise. Really enjoyed the swim. Bike leg begins with a nice climb over the intracoastal bridge. Then 5 miles south and returning on A1A back over the bridge again. For the run, we head west on the causeway then turn south and run along the river for 3+ miles. In my age group, I was fastest on the swim but got caught on the bike to start my run in second place. Eventual winner John Anderson can run a bit faster than me so I finished about 2 minutes behind him but a minute ahead of third place.

The Esprit was a touch slower than the SST I raced on last year so it may need a bit more sorting. Really needs new gearing as it's set up for steep climbing. I was topped out in the 50 x 9 ratio a lot. Photographers got some nice photos. Had a great day!


Dolphins!

Getting ready

Moulton AM Esprit

Dawn over the course


Swim start

Turnaround buoy

Down the bridge

Right turn ahead

Left turn

Toward the finish

On the run

Finished!


Kevin Ferrick, John Anderson and me

A bit of bling!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

# 156 Clermont Sprint Triathlon in July

This Saturday was the second sprint tri at Clermont this year.  James Mayer was there again so I had a big challenge to overcome.  Lots of friends there so I really enjoyed it.  Had an ingrown toenail that worried me for days before but was not an issue in the race.
Water temp was 84' f so no chill when you started.  Very good swim and felt strong throughout.  My bike was a bit hard in the beginning since it takes me 5-6 mile to warm up.  Hit the hills at mile 7 and peaked at 39.2 mph on the way down.  I flew up the next hill passing lots of people.  I finally peeked at the computer of the way down the long hill and I was blasting along at 35-37 mph for a mile!  Felt great heading out on the run and after passing one guy on the bike, I passed two more on the run, finishing in 4th place (out of 11) with James taking the win.  Kerry Girona won Female overall and Kelly Burwash Collins got third Female at age 50!  Great time watching friends finish too.
Me, James Mayer, and Ricardo Mira Flecha

Moulton is ready!

Bill Black (who won Clydesdales) with Ricardo

Waiting for the start.

Off on the run!

Tamara Kongdon and Kerry Girona

The running crew including Erica Mel in the middle and Heather Schulz on the right (Heather won the 5k Female overall (at 40).

Me with Rob Marens and Amy Fedock

Enrique Mercado with me and Ricardo

With Kenyon Congdon in his booth.

Finish Times

Saturday, June 23, 2018

# 155 Ormond Beach Tri-Y Triathlon


Back to Ormond Beach for my third time at this great triathlon.  It’s a very accessible race in a nice beach town just north of Daytona on the Atlantic Ocean.  Since Diane and I built the 1965/2016 Moulton 8 speed bike, I’ve wanted to try it in an actual race.  Inspired by the 1960s era deeds of British cycling legends John Woodburn and Vic Nicholson on F-frame Moultons, I thought this would be a great venue for the 8 speed in competition.  The morning was perfectly clear with almost no wind, a flat ocean, high tide so almost no current, and 75’f.

I had a great 500 yard swim in the calm salt water, rushed up the beach to transition, and jumped on the 8 speed, anxious to see how it would perform.  Since I wanted to emulate John and Vic, I did not add aero bars or a handlebar drinking bottle, but rode on the drops for the entire 10 miles.  I was happy to see my average speed rise to 18.1 mph for the first 5 miles pedaling along the Halifax River.  After the turnaround, there was a slight headwind and even with pushing hard my average dropped to 17.6 on State Route A1A along the Atlantic coast.  After racking the bike, I headed down the ramp for the 5k beach run.  Hard pack sand and a nice breeze almost made it pleasant as the temps had now climbed to the mid-80s.  My attention was diverted by mullet jumping out of the water and sure enough, two dolphins appeared, enjoying their breakfast.  My legs felt great and I maintained a fast running pace all the way into the finish.  My longtime competitor and friend James Mayer won with me in third place.  The Moulton 8 speed performed very well and was a real pleasure to ride.  My average speed of 17.6 mph was a bit slower than last year’s pace of 18.5 on the Moulton SST but it’s always difficult to compare races a year apart.

Atlantic sunrise over transition

Racked and ready, the little Moulton looks a bit lost!

Myself with James Mayer before the start

Swim start down the beach

Rounding the first buoy

Exiting the water

Riding along the Halifax River

Racing on the 8 speed

Now for the run

Feeling great at the finish

Well done, Moulton!

In front of The Birthplace of Speed Garage with A1A in background

Nice award!

Vic Nicholson back in the day; huge chainring!

John Woodburn breaking the record...in December!

1963 news story