On May 12th I raced the LA Tri Series Triathlon at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA. This was my 4th race in 5 weeks. It went well as I placed 1st out of 13 men in the 55-59 age group and 10th out of 166 overall finishers.
The ground was wet from a light drizzle just before the race, but at least it never rained during the race. The air temperature was not too cold – it was probably 58 degrees when the race started and the low 60’s by the time I finished.
The 1.5K (0.93 mile) fresh water lake swim went well for me. I swam 24:55 putting me in 3rd place, just 18 seconds behind 1st place who was my friend, Mike Plumb. Unfortunately I had a terrible time getting out of my wet suit so I lost some more time in transition. T1 has never been my strength.
The bike course is very challenging. The 22 miles is comprised of 3 laps of a hilly course. The roads were 100% wet when I started the bike, but by the time I was done they were mostly dry. I biked reasonably well. My bike split was 1:04:45 which was 4th best and that performance kept me in 3rd place, 5:37 behind Mike.
The 10K (6.2 mile) run is also very challenging, but it plays to my strengths. It is hilly and much of the course is on trails. Just after mile 2 I passed Mike. I did not know it at the time, but that put me in 1st place. I continued to run hard all the way to the end since I was not certain if there was anyone else ahead of me. I had the best run of the day as I ran exactly 40:00 to finish the race in 2:13:35. Mike finished 3rd and another friend, Chris Dyrek, finished 4th.
The race was a lot of fun, but the highlight of the day was yet to come. My cousin’s wife, Brenda Goller, lives nearby so we were able to get together for lunch. We had a great visit and I look forward to seeing her again when I race in the area.
And later in the day back in San Diego I was able to attend a Celebration of Life for Peter Pallag who had died earlier this year. Peter had a lot of friends from the Triathlon Club of San Diego so it was a wonderful reunion of old friends. This day reminded me how blessed I am to be alive and healthy enough to participate in triathlon. Every day and every race is a gift from God.
Living the life…