100 Triathlons...my next will be # 152!
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

Sunday, May 17, 2015

# 132 Tomaka Triathlon in Ormond Beach

The race today was a target race for the club I belong to, Seminole County Triathletes.  For several months, the club has been running a Couch to Sprint Tri program for first time triathletes.  This race, located in downtown Ormond Beach (just north of Daytona), was a great venue for our beginners.  Lots of regular members participated also and I joined in.  The Baldwin Park Tri was cancelled for this year (same weekend) and so I had never done this race over the years.

Ready to go!
Early light in transition.
First time group of Seminole County Triathletes
 I got there early to check everything out and found a great parking space and a great rack spot in transition.  SCT had a big club tent set up which made it very nice.  The swim start was at the boat ramp in the Indian River (salt water) and I was in the fourth wave.  My swim went well with a time of 9:02.  T1 went well and the bike leg starts off with a long climb over the Intracoastal bridge.  Heading out, riding the Moulton SPEED, I had a nice tailwind and my speeds were 22-24 MPH.  Heading back into the wind dropped them to 19 so my average for the 16 miles ended at 19.6 MPH after going back over the bridge.  T2 was quick and the 5K run was flat and fast.  I did have a shoelace come untied 1/2 mile into the course but everything went well after a stop, completing the run in 26 minutes flat; 8:23 mile splits.  This netted me a time of 1:26:54 for the finish, resulting in a 3rd place out of 7 in my age group.
Swim Start of Wave 4; close to the front!
Good swim!
Not sure what the guy on the grass was doing leaving transition.
Run out with the bridge behind me.
At the finish!
On the podium with Matt Mahoney and  James Mayer.
The little Moulton again amazed a lot of people on the bike course and after the race.

It was wonderful competing with so many friends around me so I'll be back at this race next year.
Seminole County Triathletes had a BIG turnout and won biggest team!