Swim Goal: As always, not drown.
I reached the beach in 14 minutes and some change which was a solid 8 minutes faster than last time. I knew I did well when my wife was surprised to see me running up the grass hill so soon. I pealed off my swim cap and goggles and started preparing for a quick transition. I was clumsy putting on my shoes, I squirted Espresso love gu on my chin and couldn’t get my jersey on. I managed to pull it half way over my torso and gave up as I straddled tropic thunder. I will have pictures of my black on black halter top in a week but just picture a tall lanky floozy showing off the goods. It came down above my chest and that was it. No time for fiddle farting, I needed to catch Kevin on the bike.
I tossed it into the dog, lowered into the aero bars and started wheezing. The 12 mile course was level and smooth with only right turns. I rolled up next to Kevin, offered him a groan of encouragement and pressed on to make up time. He was hooting and hollering which gave me the extra boost to turn one gear taller all the way to the finish.
Run Goal: PR of sub 24
I dismounted like a nervous cyclocross racer nearly busting my chops through the transition area to the dreaded 5K run. 5 kilometers, 3.1 miles, a few thousand uncoordinated gallops. I wanted to beat my personal record so bad I could taste it. It was a trail run which I prefer and I had a huge cheering section supporting me. Holly, my folks, mother and father in law, my buddy Ryan and nephews all made the trip. Every time I considered settling in and finishing easy I thought about their cheers. I pushed on over the roots, cedar chips, ruts and hills. I rounded the finishing straight with some kick left and picked up the tempo. There was a young gun closing in quick so I picked up my stride and buried myself in pain. He was much quicker and dusted me at the finish. 25 minutes and some change, which was good for 27th overall and 2nd place in my age group. This was the first podium of 2008 and I could not have done it without the support of my wife, family, swim instructor Kevin and sponsors.