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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

# 142 Port Orange Triathlon

Today was the Port Orange Triathlon on the Halifax River by Daytona Beach. Finished 2nd in my age group (by 57 seconds to Matt Mahoney) but I think I would have been closer to the victor as the run course was 4 miles instead of 2 and I was picking up speed. The turn-around banner was placed at mile 1 instead of 2! Felt very strong on the bike and the run.  
Moulton SST performed great: now with bladed spokes on both wheels. Sapim CX-Ray aero spokes from Wheelbuilder.com.  Averaged 18.8 because we had 2 bridge crossings.
Water temp was 80', air was 80' at start, 88' at finish in the Florida sun! 
Lots of photographers on course and they gave the pix away. A Morgan trike showed up at the finish!
Sunrise

Ready to go!

I'm ready too!

Heading out.

On the course.

Run start

Moving now.

Great finish!

Matt Mahoney and me.

Me, Matt, & Dr. Sanford Kinne

Morgan trike.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

# 141 Clermont Sprint Triathlon in July

After a very hot week, Saturday was time for the July sprint triathlon in Clermont.  The Seminole County Triathletes were out in full force and it was the 2nd tri for many people.  I got there earlier than usual and even more people came earlier than me.  It was 80' before sunrise so I expected a hot race.  While setting up, I prepared a "cold towel" for my run.  Not usual for a 5k run but I expected it to be plenty hot.  Race started on time but the lake was warm; 86' to 91' depending on who you talked to.  My swim was a bit faster but running to my bike I felt the heat effects immediately.  Felt tired on the bike for the first 4 miles until I "cooled down".  I had a nice time trial alongside a JHOP team member riding a BMC Time Machine with deep dish wheels coming down the first big hill but the Moulton pulled ahead with a top speed of 39.3 mph.  I then beat him to the top of the next hill.  Zooming into transition to the cheers of my SCT friends, I finished with an average of 17.6, about 1 mph slower than last time.  Viewing the splits after the race, many people had slower bike times. Had a great 5k run that was a touch slower and I think the cold wrap helped; 25:51 for 8:19 splits.  Final time was 1:14:34, good for 9th out of 19 in my age group.  Ken Junkins lost to a new 60 year old, Steve Gallagher.  Now more people in Male 60-64!  My friend Reeli Reinu fininshed 2nd in Female 40-44 and another friend, Gerry Librada Girona, won Female Overall in only her 2nd triathlon!  Great day!
Moulton SST ready to go!
Big smile before the start!
Swim start

Exiting the swim

Last turn on the bike

Heading in!

Heading out!

Into the finish

Hammering home!

Reeli Reinu
Me and my Moulton SST
Kerry on the podium