San Diego International Triathlon – #300

Craig – 1st place men’s 55-59

Scott & Susanne Davis celebrate 17th wedding anniversary. Susanne – 1st place women’s 45-49.

Craig and Susan Powell – 1st place Sprint Athena Masters.

On June 24th I raced the San Diego International Triathlon.  This was my 300th career triathlon so I was determined to have a great race.  It all went well as I placed 1st out of 25 men age 55-59 and 30th out of 438 overall finishers.

The 1K (0.62 miles) swim was in the Spanish Landing boat harbor.  This was the 15th time I have raced SDIT and typically the sun poses a significant glare challenge during the swim.  This year the sky was overcast so sighting was easy.  I had a great swim as I came out of the water in 1st place with a time of 13:25.

The 30K (18.6 miles) bike starts and finishes by San Diego International Airport.  The first 2 miles of the bike course is flat, but then it spikes up with a tough climb up to Cabrillo National Monument.  We do 2 laps of rolling hills by Cabrillo Monument.  As I was completing lap 1 it was not clear where the turn was to start lap 2.  I over shot the turn, but was safely able to stop.  I actually ran with my bike to go over the 2 timing mats on foot and then jumped back on the bike for lap 2.  It felt crazy at the time, but I definitely completed the course.  I felt great on the bike, aside from that mistake.  I had the 8th best bike split of 51:41 (20.4 mph) and that dropped me to 6th place, but 1st place was within easy striking distance.

The 10K (6.2 miles) point to point run course starts by the airport, but finishes 3 miles away at Seaport Village.  The run course is pancake flat.  I had the fastest run on the day by 5:54.  My run split was 40:04 (6:26/mile).  I won by 5:17 with a finish time of 1:48:25.

To see pictures from my race, please click on this link:

http://photos.endurancesportsphoto.com/f141418377?eq=461

I heard an amazing story about some lady who completed her 1st triathlon that day at SDIT.  Unfortunately her bike was stolen from her home the night before the race.  She still showed up on race morning and she did the race on one of those ridesharing city bikes.  I can’t imagine trying to do the climb up to Cabrillo on one of those bikes.  This lady embodies the spirit of triathlon.  She has earned my respect.

My friends Scott and Susanne Davis celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary.  Susanne won the women’s 45-49 age group and Scott was there to cheer her on.  And to cap off a perfect day, an athlete I am coaching, Susan Powell, won the Athena Masters division in the Sprint race.

Living the life…

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4 Responses to San Diego International Triathlon – #300

  1. Jim Brenner says:

    You are a stud!! Congratulations.

    Sent from my iPhone Jim Brenner

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    • tricraigz says:

      Thanks Jim. I have been very blessed to have the racing career I’ve had. You had a hand in my early days. Running before work at Busse Woods was the beginning. I hope you are well.

  2. janechdavenport says:

    That is great! 300 and 1! Way to go!!!

    Smiles!

    Janech and Coach

    • tricraigz says:

      Thanks Janech and Coach. Speaking of 300 and 1, #301 will be at IM Muncie 70.3 on 7/14. I know I’ll be fairly close to you in Upland, but I’m just going in and out of Muncie for the race. My extra time will be back in Lombard, IL hanging out with my 97 year old Mom. I hope you understand. I hope you are both doing well.

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