August 9th, 2007

Bike - F4C

The actual triathlon report

I was in Chaumont, NY the weekend of Aug 3-5 visiting Lisa's family. Lucky for me, the Lyme Sprint Triathlon was going on, so I signed up. I've been running, and biking, so I figured it wouldn't be a problem...

Sunday morning came, I woke up, got dressed, found something to eat (it wasn't very good cereal), and dropped my bike off at the transition area. The swim portion started at the cottage we were staying, which was convenient. I donned my triathlon shorts and got in the water. The warm, but seaweed filled water. The start sounded and I was off. I stayed with the pack for about 200 yards (out of 600) before I got tired and turned back. I asked one of the support staff if I could still do the other 2 events if I didn't finish the swim - he said yes.

I jogged the 1/4 mile to the transition point and got on my bike. At this point, I wasn't feeling too good (mentally), so I took it easy for the first 25 minutes, averaging about 17.5mph. At this point, I thought to myself, "this is stupid, see how well you can do in the biking and running." I finished the 17.6 mile bike in 58 minutes, averaging 18.1mph. That made me happy. I changed shoes for the run and headed out.

The first 1/2 mile of the run was pure hell. I was doing 8:45min/miles, but my legs were killing me. I decided to just work through it and kept going. The first turnaround was at 1.5 miles. I still wasn't feeling too hot, but I had dumped some water on myself to cool off - 2.5 miles to go. At mile 2.5, there was a guy with a garden hose, hosing people down - that was nice. At mile 3 or so, I heard a guy behind me motivating people that had slowed down on were walking. He caught up to me with 1/2 a mile to go, he caught up to me and I started talking to him. It turns out he was from Ft. Drum, and was used to motivating people :) As we approached the finish line, I sped up, only to find out that the finish line was still 50 yards away. I was cooked and began to slow down. The army guy turns to me and yells. "You can do it. Pick it up, let's GO GO GO!" So I did. I managed to sprint for those 50 yards and finished.

The whole thing took me less than 2 hrs. Next time, I think I'll try it with a wet suit, for buoyancy.