What I have learned (and am still learning) in my continuing quest after completing my 100th triathlon in 2010.
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
Warren Popp, Park Manager, with me after the race.
This is the 3rd time I've run this 10K in my training ground of the Wekiwa Springs State Park and it was the toughest. While the course was slightly different, I pushed as hard as possible after last year's loss by 5 seconds. ( I didn't know anyone was ahead of me mixed in with the 5K finishers.) Since I'm on the board of the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust, I was at registration at 6:30 to help out. At 8:00, I went out to warm up for the 8:20 start which was then delayed until 8:30. I started out very fast to get as far ahead as I could before the first singletrack section at mile 1.2. I kept my splits up around 8:30 and went through the usual fatigue/recovery phases. I did something new, not carrying a bottle of Hammer Perpeteum with me as I drank one 250 calorie one during registration plus a half bottle right at the start. Picked up the pace at mile 4 past the sinkholes and headed towards the finish. I was flying for the last 500 yards and finished at 53:22:80 with an 8:36 pace per mile. This gave me a 7th overall out of 91 finishers and a first out of four in my age group. Very pleased!
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.