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 last of the Clermont Sprint Tri series of 4 races. Fred Sommer has been doing events at the Clermont waterfront for over 20 years with great success. This race boasted over 500 competitors today and the organization was great. I arrived early, got my packet, and racked my bike. Ran into some old friends and found Ken Junkins, James Mayer, and Will Hathaway were all there today. These 3 friends train together and are very fast and all 3 are in my age group. I thought to myself, well, 4th place is open. I brought the Moulton SPEED to it's first hilly course and with so many people there it attracted a bit of attention. Kevin Casey was there too and he started in the third wave while I was in the sixth. Swim was great though it was a little hard seeing the finish looking toward the rising sun. I took off on the bike a bit cautiously, looking forward to seeing how the Moulton handled the hills. I was very happy with my performance, averaging 18.2 mph for the 12 miles and hitting 37.6 on the big downhill (followed by a slow uphill). My runs keeping getting better even with the hills there and I ran a 27:11, good for 8:45 mile splits. I finished in 4th out of 9 in my age group with a time of 1:15:28 behind Ken, Will, and James. Ken's time was 1:03:01 (30th OA!) with Will and James getting 1:04:04 and 1:04:07 respectively. They are very fast! Kevin struggled on the big hill on the bike but had a solid finish and was quite pleased. A great day all around!
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.