On October 26th I raced my last triathlon for the year at the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon Oceanside. I was relieved that we had good weather for this year’s race. The inaugural race in 2013 was delayed for an hour by fog and it was chilly. This year we had an ideal day. This is one of the best races in Southern California. The race is supported by big sponsors as over $200,000 in prize money was awarded to the professionals.
The 1.5K (0.93 mile) swim was in the Oceanside Harbor. I swam 21:09 (1:18/100 yards) for my fastest Olympic distance swim this year and I came out of the water in 3rd place.
The 40K (24.8 mile) bike course had 2 loops. The 1st loop covering about 15 miles was out and back on Hwy 76 to take us inland. The 2nd loop was an out and back along the bumpy coast road. I much preferred Hwy 76 as the road was very wide and smooth. My friend Andy Seitz passed me with about 6 miles to go. I was happy I was able to hold him off that long. I managed to finish the bike and could still see Andy so I took that as a good sign. I had the 5th best bike split with a time of 1:06:54 (22.1 mph) and this effort put me in 4th place.
The 10K (6.2 mile) run course was 2 laps of 5K each mostly along The Strand so we were right next to the ocean. The run was flat, except for 2 different times when we had to climb up the ramp to the top of the Oceanside Pier. It’s kind of like having to climb 2 flights of stairs when you are already at the limit. It’s not pleasant, but I welcome it because I always make up ground on my competition when the road points up. I managed to catch Andy 2 miles into the run. I was the only guy to run under 40 minutes as my run split was 38:42 (6:14/mile). I had a great race as I passed another guy on the run to finish 2nd out of 27 men in the 50-54 age group and 33rd out of 402 overall finishers. My finish time was 2:09:39 putting me 2:49 behind the winner Todd Witten from Phoenix.
I had never met Todd until we chatted after the race. He told me that a friend of his had warned him about me – that if I was anywhere near him to start the run, he’d be in trouble. Unfortunately I never did get close enough, but he made me feel good by honoring me like that.
Living the life…