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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lake Minneola Half Marathon in Clermont

Saturday, April 25 was the Lake Minneola Half Marathon.  Organized by Sommer Sports, this event took place at the Waterfront Park in Clermont, home of tons of triathlons.  I've never done this race but signed up after a group of co-workers at EY enticed me to join them.  Oddly enough, a huge project popped up at work and none of them were able to make it.  I was curious to see what my time would be after my PR of 1:53:31 with splits of 8:40 per mile at last year's Swamphouse Half Marathon.  Except for the Corporate 5K a week earlier, all my training has been on trail.  My 5K time was 23:45 so it was one of my fastest ever.

Over 525 people started the Half and the temps were in the 70s and humid from the gun.  The sun was just coming up on a clear day so it promised to warm up fast.  I was running well, keeping my splits around 8:30 but as the hills appeared I saw my times slipping,  The course was nice and open and we came on and off the Lake County bike trail several times.  The run back after mile 8 had us running directly into the morning sun and it began to heat up.  Through a wooded area gave a bit of a respite and I was gratified to pass a few people who were fading.  I arrived at the finish line with a time of 2:00:49 which gave me 8:53 miles.  My Garmin did show the course was long at 13.61; this was a subject of much discussion online during the following days.  My time for 13.1 miles was 1:56:59, so I was off my record pace. This was good for 4th place out of 9 in my age group, 95th overall of 524.   However I enjoyed the whole experience and my new Hoka 11 Clifton running shoes performed well by providing extra cushioning and my legs did not hurt like they used too.

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