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, February 17, 2020

Dawn to Dusk 12 Hour Endurance Challenge 2020

First event of 2020! Sunday was my third time racing the Dawn to Dusk 12 Hour Challenge. There has been a different course each time and each has been a challenge. Yesterday's course in Deland had elevation changes and the high temp was in the low 80s and sunny. Lots of friends there from Seminole County Triathletes so it was great seeing everyone. 

7:00 AM start saw a big crowd head out on the 2 mile loop paved course. The first 2 hours were nice and cool and then the sun began to warm things up. The two previous D2D races were on flat courses so the "hills" started getting harder, prompting me to follow the ultrarunner's mantra "Walk the Hills!". I took a break at mile 10 and mile 20 but the heat was getting to me so I stopped again at 26. After a 20 minute rest, along with eating and drinking, I felt better and thought a goal of 50k/31 miles would be fine. After another 6 miles I still felt good, so I kept going. I did get to run with Harry Hoffman, a 300+ marathon racer and  David M Robinson III and Carrie Campbell were also there, honoring our vets, carrying Old Glory. The skies became overcast around mile 34 which helped a lot. I felt strong and a light drizzle started which cooled things down. Mile 38 saw a steady rain falling along with darkness too. I got to 40 miles at 6:15 and Amy L. Fedock encouraged me to keep going and I realized there was time to do one more lap before the 7:00 cutoff. About 500 yards into my 2 miles, the skies opened and it poured. I was running strong in the rain and darkness and really enjoyed this last lap. I caught a few people and we all finished together.

My 42 miles earned me a 7th place out of 22 males and an 11th overall. My friends Rob Marens and Jennifer Jordan did very well, both taking 2nd places. Teardown was a joy as the heavy rain continued so there was no recovery stretching but I'm feeling good today. My previous efforts in this race netted me 45 and 44 miles but I was very happy to complete 42 today. Total elevation was 1,413 feet so the hills were real!

And we're off

Happy runners with Lisa

Heading in, mats on left

Tent City

Main St.

With Amy Fedock


Katrina Pelican up front


another lap finished

Jack and Harry

Rob heading out



Taking a break
Relaxing view


Carrie and David

Amtrak passing by

Close to being finished!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

# 170 Riverfront Triathlon in Cocoa, FL

Triathlon # 170 is done; last one for 2019! I hadn't planned on it but after the tropical storm washout of the Great Floridian Triathlon three weeks ago, I found the Riverfront Tri in Cocoa, Florida. I did the Olympic distance (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) rather than the Sprint as I hadn't done any longer races this year.  

Temp at the start was 72'f with a good breeze blowing from the west. Water temp in the salty Indian River was 77.3' which was quite pleasant. A dolphin cruised through the swim area just before the start. My swim was great though I was surprised when my hand touched the bottom; there was a sandbar on part of the course!  

The 24 mile bike course was two out-and-back loops going north along the river and I expected it to be straight and flat. I found a twisty road with lots of rolling hills as it climbed the bluffs along the river. Plus the outward loops had a stiff headwind as the wind shifted around.  

The run loops were also along the river but the south road was flat and the wind kept the heat down. I did have a hamstring cramp running at mile 1.5 that stopped me dead because I started too fast. It worked out quickly though and I picked up the pace to finish with a 2:56:28, good enough for first in my age group. Friend Matt Mahoney won his age group also. Wonderful venue for the race in the city park along the river too; lots of restaurants right there. A great close to a great 2019!

Moulton at the ready!

Sunrise on swim course

Ready to go!

Happy finisher!

Matt Mahoney and Karen Hyde


Happy winner!