Jul 31

Stick a Fork in Me

I’m DONE (in more ways than one – read on).

First, I had a great race this morning.  Thanks for all the encouraging comments everyone!  And thanks to my lovely wife and to mom, brother, and Nancy (g/f of said brother) for making the trek out to Benton Harbor to cheer.

Full details to come, but here is the nitty gritty.  I started off by knocking the swim out of the park.  I still have no idea where it came from.  Official time was 33:47 (1:46/100yds) but that included a minute run to the timing mat.  I was shore to shore in 32:43.  Onto the bike.  I thought my swim was good.  But the bike, Holy Freaking Cow.  2:42:03 for just under a 21mph average.  On top of that, I negative split the bike by about 2 minutes on the second half.  It was incredible.  However, it toasted my legs for the run.  Coupled with tired legs and a hot sun beating down on us, I didn’t hit my 2 hour goal for the run.  I ended up with 2:07:05 (9:42/mile).  I’m very happy with the race overall.  Final time… 5:29:21 (nearly 40 minutes faster than last year) and right where I wanted to be! Couldn’t be happier.

And now for the second doneness.  You’d think I would have learned by now.  Not just by others “mistakes” (Sorry Jon, but as soon as I discovered the problem, I thought of your Timberman (I think) race), but more so from my own.  Here’s what happens when a race starts with rain (no sun) and then the sun comes out with a vengeance on the bike/run.


Looks like I am making friends with the bottle of aloe tonight.  Thankfully it is just my shoulder blades.  I did actually take time to apply sunscreen during T2, but I guess I need longer fingers.

Stay tuned!

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  1. lisa

    GREAT JOB with your race, but OWWWWWW – next time you need more sunscreen!!

  2. regina

    Youch!!! That looks like it smarts.

    Congrats on a great race! that is a great time and a huge PR for you!! You must be so stoked! Enjoy the high!

    And for God’s sake, someone get that man a beer!

  3. Jon

    AAAAWWWWWW OUCH!!!!! Yep! You are right. That was me post Timberman.

    Awesome job out there on the swim and the bike! Holy cow! 21 mph is INCREDIBLE! 40 min improvement is as well. Thats like testing out of a 10K race. Sorry about the run. Thats the downside to looking like Lance on the bike. Where did that swim come from? Nice! Did you draft?

    Looking forward to the details.

    Uh, if you get this before you go to bed, I hope you enjoy sleeping on your stomach. OUCH!!!! Be nice to the wife for slathering the lotion on.

    Rest up! Is that it for the season? Surely there are more tri’s left?

  4. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Woohoo! Congrats on an awesome race! You did awesome!

    Ouch..that sunburn looks like it HURTS! Use lots and lots of aloe!

  5. Jennifer

    Awesome job!!!!

    My shoulder blades looks like that after my HIM in May lol, I feel your pain…really…. 🙂

  6. Bret Petersen

    Great race, looking forward to reading the report. You smashed the swim and bike! Great job.

  7. Mandy

    Hey congrats on an awesome race!! Looking forward to the RR!!

  8. kc

    Ouch on the shoulders but who cares about that pain when you did so well!! Congrats! Can’t wait to read the nitty gritty.

  9. Mandy

    Congrats on a great race! I can’t wait to hear the details! Aloe vera might help that burn.

  10. maria

    Gotta love race day sun burns…those will leave lovely tan lines. Right now I think I’m rocking 4 or 5 different lines on my back and one solid bike short tan line. I look hot in a swim suit right now, let me tell you!
    Congrats on rocking that race!

  11. lindsay

    niiiiice tan/burn lines! congrats on your race! glad to hear it went extra well, and congrats on the huge pr!

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