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Monday, July 12, 2010

Bon Jovi & Triathlons

We are in NY enjoying day after day of heat upon heat, what a difference from Nome.  My sister in law had an extra ticket from a friend for Sarah to go to a Bon Jovi and Kid Rock concert at the Meadowlands.  It was a sky view box seat so she was able to see the concert from comfort.  Not exactly something we would have on our itinerary but the opportunity came up and she never saw so many people in place. 

I managed to get on the Mighty North Fork sprint triathlon and raced it yesterday morning.  While coming out of the water in 5th place my bike leg was kind of funny... and hard. Since I placed decent out of the water I heard all the culturally dressed triathletes rip past me.  That's right, heard.  It was kind of like a silent "whooosh" and while I tried saying hello the slew of crazy futuristic looking tri bikes flew by me like I was standing still. I on the other hand stayed true to MTB with a borrowed a mountain bike and slicks. As much fun as I had watching stone faced racers pass me while I tried to say "hey", "hows it going" I had more fun saying "hey, how's it going" while I surprisingly passed some of them back on the run.   I was happy to finish 13th overall and 1st in my agegroup but sprinting is most definitely not my thing.  My brother finished 3rd in his age group.  While it sure ain't no utlra it sure was good to do some kind racing in a large field.

Breakdown:
500 Swim, 7:24
8 mile bike, 20.12
3.5 mile run, 23.42

Next month I'll have fun racing in the Alaska Triathlon at Knik Lake.  The swim will be in the same lake I started the ITI, now that will be cool.   I can see why tri's are addicting as any race but it is quite the contrast to self supported racing. 

1 comment:

Jim said...

Congrats on the race Phil! What class did you place #1 in - Awesome Dudes Class?