San Diego International Triathlon

Before SDIT with friends Don and Diane Ridgway.

With friend and athlete I have coached since 2015 – Susan Powell.

Craig and Mike Plumb – 1st and 2nd place, men’s 55-59.

On June 23rd I raced in one of my favorite local triathlons, San Diego International Triathlon (SDIT).  I always feel blessed by God every day to be healthy enough to do the sport I love, but this day took that to a new level.  On May 23rd I was at a cross roads with my right knee.  I had just learned that I had a torn meniscus.  Not a total show stopper, but it did/does cause plenty of concern for racing in 2019.  On 5/23 I took the advice of my doctor to go the route of a cortisone shot, rather than surgery.  For the next week I questioned my decision, but every day the inflammation in the knee went down and I started feeling better.  The cortisone shot was a big success – I was able to put in some very solid training for the 4 weeks leading up to SDIT.

The day before the race I ran into another snag.  I had trouble with my front race wheel.  There was not enough time to re-glue the tire so my friend Dan Rock loaned me his front race wheel.  That wheel was sweet – you gotta love ceramic bearings!  It is good to have friends.  Let’s face it – Dan Rock rocks!

The 1K (0.62 mile) swim in Spanish Landing went well.  This was my first race in my new Xterra wetsuit and it felt great!  I swam 14:17 (1:26/100 meters), putting me in 4th place.

The 30K (18.6 mile) bike also went well, thanks to Dano’s wheel.  The bike course features a climb up to Cabrillo Monument.  I always notice the many headstones in the cemetery, but this year it seemed like there were twice as many.  I know that is impossible, but I took it as another reminder of how blessed I am that men and women have died for the freedoms we get to enjoy today.  My bike split was 52:46 (21.2 mph).  That was the 7th best bike split and it put me in 7th place.  Unbeknownst to me, but Mike Plumb was in 1st place and was 6:16 ahead.  I’d have to run at least 1 minute/mile faster than Mike to win.

The 10K (6.2 mile) run went better than I could have hoped.  In 2018 my split was 40:04.  In 2019 it was 40:46 (6:34/mile).  I had the fastest run of the day in my age group by 4:15.  I caught Mike near the 5 mile mark and went on to win by 1:20.  My finish time was 1:51:06, compared to 1:48:25 in 2018.  I placed 1st out of 25 men in the 55-59 age group and 30th out of 420 overall finishers.  I was very happy with the win, but absolutely ecstatic about still being able to race reasonably fast.

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

https://photos.endurancesportsphoto.com/sdit2019?eq=448

Living the life…

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