What I have learned (and am still learning) in my continuing quest after completing my 100th triathlon in 2010.
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
Today was the first of the summer Olympic-distance tri's out at Moss Park, just southeast of Orlando Airport. The day promised to be perfect after a week of heavy rains. A co-worker at Ernst & Young, Chris Louthan and his girlfriend, Amy Bailey, joined me for their first triathlon at Moss Park. Epic Sports' more casual approach is a welcome change after the congestion at St. Anthony's. I arrived at 6:00 AM just as the sun was beginning to show itself. Setting up in transition was a snap and I headed down to the water to warm up. Chris was in the first wave, I was in the second, and Amy started in the third. Amy blew by both Chris and I on the swim with a blistering 22:06 for the 1.5 kilometers. Next, on the 2 loop bike course, I managed to average a respectable 20.1 mph over the 40K distance. It was starting to get warm at the run start but I was able to post a 46:39 for the 5.6 miles, translated into 8:19 mile splits. Thanks for the shade on the run! My final time was 2:30:23, good for 2nd out of the 5 in my Age-Group. Chris, however, vanquished the 25-29 competitors with a 2:16:11 and Amy (Awesome Amy!) finished 3rd Female Overall with a very quick 2:12:22! Chris informed me afterwards that "I've been chicked" is an expression used when your girlfriend beats you in a race. A great day for all.
I live in Orlando, Florida, having moved here from Chicago in January, 1994. I've been married for more than 35 years to Sandy, who is a wonderful wife, chef, and singer. We had 2 rabbits, Fawn and Sarah, who roamed around the house for over 12 and brought us great joy. I raced cars in the 1970s, we toured on motorcycles in the 1980s, and sailed boats in the 1990s. I was a professional photographer for 25 years in the corporate world in Chicago. I now work at Ernst & Young as the office "jack-of-all-trades" in downtown Orlando. We have a great home close to Wekiwa Springs State Park, which is an exceptional training ground.