Saturday, August 29, 2009

My first Olympic distance triathlon

Yesterday I signed up to compete in my first ever Olympic Distance triathlon. It takes place on Sunday September 13, 2009 at the Portage Lakes State Park. I'm not sure if I'm really ready for this. I'm sure I can finish, but I don't think I will really be able to "race." The distances are: swim 1500M, bike 40K and run 10K. Seperately, I can do each of these distances just fine, but all at once will be a challenge. I'm thinking I will finish in about 3 1/2 hours, which based on last year's results will put me in the last 5 finishers. Ugh. Just finishing will be my goal. I've run three half marathons, and they took me 2 1/2 hours, 2 1/4 hours, and 2 hr 7 mins. Competing for over 3 hours will be new for me.
My best guess for times:
Swim 40 min.
T1 3 min.
Bike 93 min. (16 MPH Avg)
T2 3 min.
Run 64 min.
Total = 3 hrs. 23 min.

I never got around to writing a blog for the triathlon at Fairport Harbor on July 26 or the duathlon in Mentor on Aug. 9, but I will try to write one after this Olympic Triathlon!


  1. You are going to do great and I think you'll surprise yourself! Have fun and good luck!

  2. GOod luck, I'm sure you will rock it.