On May 13th I raced the LA Tri Series Olympic Distance Triathlon at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas. I had a good race as I placed 2nd out of 14 in the men’s 55-59 age group and 16th out of 212 overall finishers. I got chicked by 2 women, 1 of whom was former 2008 Olympic triathlete and 2000 Olympic silver medalist in water polo, Julie Ertel. There’s no shame in that!
I am finding as I age that the most important thing is just getting to the start line healthy. With all the miles I’ve got on my body after 30+ years of racing, that is no easy trick. I am learning to train a bit more moderately and just cruise through some workouts and save the big efforts for race day. 10 days prior to this race I hurt my neck lifting weights. My neck has been a problem for the last 3 years. It is particularly a problem trying to ride in the aero position on the bike. So that’s my problem. I’m sure the other guys my age have their own issues. It is just a matter of learning how to manage the training to get to that start line.
Enough excuses. On to the race! The 1.5K (0.93 mile) swim was in a fresh water lake. I had a good swim as I came out of the water in 3rd place in 24:20.
The 40K (24.8 miles) bike course was very challenging. It was 3 laps of a hilly course. My time was 1:18:07 which was the 4th best bike split and it kept me in 3rd place. My 2017 bike time was 2:09 slower than in 2016.
The 10K (6.2 miles) run was also very challenging. It was hilly and off road at times so I loved it. My run split of 38:55 was the fastest run on the day. My finish time was 2:24:27. This was 2:09 slower than 2016 – the same delta as my bike split.
Sean Richardson was the guy who beat me. We chatted after the race. He was a very nice guy. I did have a good race, but Sean smoked me by 9+ minutes. He finished in 2:14:41. He said this was going to be his last triathlon of the year. I’m thinking the year has just started.
Living the life…