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
I had a great race this morning at Moss Park, southeast of Orlando. It was an Olympic-distance event and was combined with a sprint tri which started after me. It was nice to have a crowded bike and run course because of my enjoyment in chasing people down.
Swim, Bike, and Run!
The .9 mile sunrise swim took me 32:39 minutes and the water was warm on top and cool a foot down. The temps were in the low 70s at the start of the 22.6 mile bike and I pushed as hard as I could to average 20.0 mph for the distance. There was a new competitor in my age group who I had never seen before and was unsure what to expect from him. However, after not seeing him on the bike, I took off on the run and cranked out 8:40 minute miles hoping to catch him, if he was ahead. I spotted one guy with 62 on his leg but as I closed on him, it turned out he was doing the sprint distance. My finish time of 2:34.26 was one of my best there and I discovered after the results were posted, that my competition was 4+ minutes behind me after the swim and fell further back all during the race. I'm glad I drove myself as hard as possible anyway because you never know who mught be closing on you. I was glad of the win too and met several other "Jeff Cuddeback coached people" as we were wearing the same kits. One guy, Luis Pou, took 1st Overall! Another, Charlie St. Cyr Paul, grabbed 2nd OA in the Tri Sprint. Luis' wife Pam was racing also.
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.