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
Saturday, September 12, was the final triathlon of the 4 race series put on by Sommer Sports. My training was slightly compromised by my taking 3 different prescription medications so I approached the race with a bit of trepidation. I'm always happy getting to Clermont early and get set up so with registration opening at 5:45, I left the house at 4:45. Sommer Sports was organized as usual and everything was effortless. I set up my bike in transition and then met my friend Kevin Casey who was also competing. The eastern sky began to brighten and we headed over to Lake Mineola for the start. There was a big crowd as usual but the start went off on time, with me being in the third wave. My swim went well, taking 10:29 before the long run to the bike. I again rode my Moulton SPEED, enjoying zipping along the lakeshore and then hitting the hills. Averaging 17.40 mph over the course, I returned to transition to start my run. At the beginning, I was following a guy who's leg/age was either 53 or 63. He was pulling ahead of me and I didn't want to blow up in the first mile, so I ran my own pace. I gathered speed after the turnaround but didn't see anyone ahead or behind that I was concerned about. However, just before the finish, Mike Pettis passed me and I surged hard down the chute, beating him by one second. My 1:16:46 was good for a 7th place out of 13 but I know if I was feeling better, I would have gotten 6th.
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.