Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rip Van Winkle sprint

Ab0ve is a picture of a group of us at the Rip Van Winkle Gardens triathlon held on Sunday. Overall we had a great time, despite the fact that it rained the entire race - the last remnants of Fay. The swim - relatively uneventful, except for the fact that it never really opened up. I was constantly trying not to hit someone else, or avoiding being hit. Going through T1, I had some difficulty getting socks on with the wetness - I think at least on sprints I'll have to learn to leave the socks off. The bike was really interesting - I saw several people on the side of the road picking up their pieces after wiping out on the slick roads. I slowed to a near stop on the hard curves. T2 - cake. The run was on a pea gravel path through the gardens/fields. It was really beautiful, except for the massive manure pile we had to run by - really nice smell when you're already a little nauseated. Our group only had one injury - that was Cousin Miles who was a little too distracted by a fellow triathlete, and like a big dork, fell and busted his knee.

All in all, a really fun time. My times were:
Swim 13:37 (600m)
T1 3:18
Bike 55:02 (18mi)
T2 1:18
Run 17:44 (2.5mi)
Total 1:31:01

I also felt that this sprint was more good prep work for IM-FL as far as packing/transition issues. It's amazing that as far as packing/prep work, a full IM is going to be just a little more work than a sprint.

Nov 1 is fast approaching...


Chad said...

Forgot to mention that you got 3rd place in your age group. Nice race, your swim time in the results was 10:37.

Anonymous said...

Who are those people in that picture?

TriCajun said...

The people in the picture from L to R are Beth, Walt, Cousin Miles, wife Lisa, and yours truly.