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My First Tri

It’s in the books.

On Sunday, June 3, I took to the water, the saddle and the running shoes, tri1.jpgcompleting my first-ever sprint distance triathlon. What a sense of accomplishment! What a realization that putting in the time and effort to prepare for something can pay off in a multitude of ways. Most importantly, I finished the race with a smile. Plus I was still standing in an upright position and pleased with my overall time of one hour and 32 minutes.  The sprint distance race was won by a competitor who finished in 58 minutes, so I wasn’t really THAT far behind!

For the triathletes reading this, my times were as follows:

Swim (1/4 mile): 10:57

T1: 4:59

Bike (13 miles): 45:55

T2: 2:49

Run (3.2 miles): 28:21

I know I could shave a few minutes in my transition times alone, still, I feel great about my overall and am happy to say that I’ve completed my first triathlon event (yes, there will be more to come).

The anxiety leading up to the swim was the worst part of the day. I was in the second to last wave of participants. But once the horn blew and the swim was underway, there was never a point during the race that I felt I couldn’t finish. I was most “at home” on the bike and blazed into town as the route descended back to the transition area. What an aweseome feeling to cruise into the finish of the bike portion of the race going 26 mph and passing others along the way.

The first half of the run was ugly with a capital U, proving that this man’s body simply isn’t made for running. But I gutted out the first 1.5 miles and by the time I made the u-turn and headed back for the finish, my legs had loosened and I was able to get into a decent, comfortable stride. Again, I actually had enough gas in me near the end to pass several participants just prior to the finish line.

Mission accomplished!  And I finished just as clouds gathered and a light sprinkle of rain began – about 15 minutes ahead of the downpour that fell on the rest of the group still racing.  It was a great event, well 0rganized and managed. The best part, though, was having my son there, as well as his mom, cheering me on and capturing the day with a few photos.  He even suggested that he may want to participate with me next year – how cool would that be? A little Dad/son partnership!

Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement during the training phase. I’ve come a long way since March 1.  Special thanks to Dan Cohen at SCS Multisports for his suggestions and professional guidance. While I was doing my sprint, Dan was busy on June 3 placing 33 in his division at the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco.  Way to go Dan! And special thanks, too, to Marybeth, Kristen and other friends, too, who kept me honest while training (kind of).

What’s next?

While this site may be called Daily Tri – I’ll obviously be posting more on how we “try” different things throughout life. It’s not just about triathlons, but more about living life to its fullest and examining the things that make us happy and fulfilled as human beings. I may have completed my first triathlon on Sunday, but there will be other adventures that I’ll keeping sharing right here.  So keep coming back.


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