Sunday, August 24, 2014
|After much preparation, but never enough, the day was here that FiveK and I|
looked forward to - a half iron in our own town.
|You have to be an early-bird to be a triathlete (right, Crutch?)|
Setting up my bike and transition area at 5:15am in the dark.
|Thanks Jana for your support. (Photo courtesy Shara)|
|Think we can get this sucker to do it next year?|
|... and we're off! What a nice calm ocean for swimming today.|
|Sighting the beach on my final strokes in.|
|Yes! I made it. (photos by Jana)|
Passed many riders in the first few miles especially, and got passed only by 4, at least for the first half of course. Even out of those 4, 3 of them had an "R" on their leg meaning they didn't do the swim and were on fresh legs for their relay portion. One of them had thighs as wide as my waist, so probably a lot of power going into each pedal. The last 15 miles or so the legs were starting to hurt, as the hills were just relentless.
|Heading out of transition to start the bike|
(Photo courtesy Mike B)
|Passing thru No Sto|
(Photo Mike Crutchley)
The run: 1:33:41. I think just three runners faster than me during the run portion, including Tommy 5K.
Jeff Duda was at T2 warning me to take the first few miles easy. Do I listen? Well, I did for about 2 miles and then found myself running a 6:35 pace for one of the miles. This is in the direct sun after the day's long workout already. Backed the pace off to high 6s and then about 7:10 to finish out the two-loop course. At one point, I passed Nicole who asked if I could use a rope to pull her along! Finishing the run and race I was so weak I thought I would fall over. Drank 3 bottles of water and about 8 cups of water (couldn't have been dehydrated, could I have?) and some oranges that tasted heavenly as they revived me. Great day out there and very happy with my Half Iron PR by 8 minutes! Congrats to Tommy and to Nicole for finishing their first ever Half Iron.
|So where's the guy Kathy called up for 1st place|
in my age group? Turns out he's still out on the
run course and ended up finishing 2+ hours after me.
Oops! She said she'll fix the error and adjust my
prize to be the higher 1st place amount.
|Yes, we both made it and both won our age groups|
at that. Just don't lean on me or I'll probably fall over!
|Patiently awaiting awards and secretly wondering|
how we'll ever stand up again
|Hung up until next year,|
as I move the focus next to Surftown
and Hartford Marathon