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's event was a bit different; it was put on as a "practice" tri by the Seminole County Triathletes. Billy Price, who turned SCT from an informal Meetup group to a top line triathlon club, has conducted several practice races in the past and this was the best yet. Staged at a great venue, Campbell Park, in Deltona, it consisted of a 400 yard swim, a 12 mile bike, and a 5k run. Originally for members only, Billy extended it to guests for a $10 fee. 35 people said they'd do it and 26 competed. Billy even got full electronic timing for this event. The lake was warm but pleasant and 3 kayaks ensured our safety on the water. After the swim, the 12 mile bike ride did have 4 stoplights on it and I was caught twice and had to wait. I rode the Moulton AM SPEED again and averaged 19 mph over the hilly course. I hit a maximum speed of 29.4 on a downhill. The run was 2 laps of a hot, sunny, hilly streets and I ran in with a time of 1:21:08, good for 8th overall out of the 26. At 61, I was also the oldest competitor. There were no awards but Billy did have a raffle, giveaways, and a BBQ chicken dinner. It was nice sitting in a covered pavilion and enjoy the Florida morning by the lake after the race.
Today was the 5th Annual Believe Strong Triathlon in Orlando, located at Moss Park, just southeast of Orlando International Airport. It was also the inaugural race for my Moulton AM SPEED bicycle. I've had several different Moultons over the years and aquired this one in June. The factory website is located here: http://www.moultonbicycles.co.uk/.
Here a great video about the bikes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdU9seGqCA8
I made the mistake of doing chores and painting on Saturday but had no choice as the painter was here to finish up from a plumbing project. I went to bed at 9:00 to get up at 4:00 AM but was tired from the day's efforts.
The race was an Olympic-distance tri and I had a great 1.5K swim (due to my additional training at Lucky's Lake I think). In transition, I racked the Moulton back in a corner so no one would make a fuss. Starting out on the bike, I found I was quite fast right away. The course is flat and fast so you stay aero and in 2 gears the whole 40K. I averaged 19.1 mph, reaching a maximum of 22.1 at one point. I matched the fit of the Moulton to my Litespeed tri bike so there was little discomfort during the ride. I may put larger cranks on as the Moulton has 170mm and most of my other bikes are 175mm. The crank length issue makes a great debate and I noticed that the inside of my right knee didn't hurt at all, something it usually does near the end of a race. The 10K run was fine, shaded in the woods, with a few stretches of hot sunshine. I finished in first place in my age group with a time of 2:38:28 which is my normal time on this course. I ran half the distance with a woman named Heather who was doing her first Olympic-distance; nice to know I can pace a 31 year old.
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.