On October 15th I raced my final triathlon for 2017. This was the LA Tri Series race at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. We had a gorgeous day as the temperatures were in the 70’s at the start of my race and the 80’s by the time I was done. I had a very good race as I won my age group so I ended the season on a high note.
The 1.5K (0.93 mile) swim was counterclockwise in a fresh water lake. The biggest challenge was going to be a bit of glare from the sun in 1 direction. Thankfully I had no problem with that. The water was pretty warm, but we were able to wear wetsuits. My swim time was 24:31, putting me in 2nd place by 0:22.
The bike course was 3 laps for a total of 21 miles. I have done this race a number of times, but it always seems a bit different. I think this year’s bike course was shorter than usual. I was A-OK with that as my bike training has lacked for the previous couple of weeks. The course is hilly and bumpy on some of the climbs. My bike split was 1:09:41. I believe this time also included both transitions. I was still in 2nd place, but had lost some ground. I was down by 2:51 going into the run.
The run course was 9.6K (5.95 miles). I really enjoy it as 30% is on trails and it offers plenty of elevation changes. I had a great run as my split was 38:14. This was the best run by nearly 7 minutes so I was able to win by just over 4 minutes. My finish time was 2:12:28. I was 1st out of 15 men in the 55-59 age group and 10th out of 158 overall finishers. I am pleased to say I did not get chicked, but I was only 45 seconds faster than the fastest woman so it was close.
It was a great day, but I made a mistake. Last year at the finish line I enjoyed the delicious free lasagna. This year I packed up my gear right after the race. By the time I got back to the food, all that was left that appealed to me were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I had 3. It is possible that they did not have any lasagna this year, but I’ll never know. One of the perks of being fast is first crack at the finish line food. Oh well, you live and you learn.
To see my race photos, click on this link: https://captivatingsportsphotos.shootproof.com/gallery/17legendstri/search?q=183
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