I entered transition quickly running to my bike which was located mid-rack in the transition area. I had decided to race without my Garmin watch and heart rate monitor. I'd also decided to use my Bontrager Aero pack in lieu of water bottles on the wing behind my seat. I also decided to use a rubber band and mount my bike shoes on my pedals. This would make getting out of T-1 much quicker. After putting on socks, I hadn't trained without them, my race belt, and helmet, I ran toward the mounting line with my bike. I reach the mounting line and hopped on my bike. The rubber band popped off, my socks stuck to the velcro on the top of one of my bike shoes and the other bike shoe flopped upside down and scraped across the asphalt. I had stalled! I tried again but my forward movement was impeded by the slight incline of the parking lot and my shoes were still giving me fits. As one might expect, I did the only thing I could do at the time. I let slip a short burst of colorful language. That was followed by a swift apology to the mother on the other side of the barrier fence who had swiftly moved to cover her son's ears. Not my proudest moment! I was finally off on the bike segment of the race dodging the traffic bumps in the parking lot through the no pass zone and onto the 14 mile course.
A few miles into the bike course Carlos pulled up beside me. I guess it was a pass but it didn't last very long. I tucked in a bit tighter and was able to pull ahead of Carlos by a few second before entering T-2. The bike segment was done in 35:10 minutes.
I was in and out of T-2 quickly. I decided to run without a visor or sunglasses so all I needed to do was put on my shoes and head for the exit chute. A volunteer pointed the way out of the transition area onto the 3.1 mile run course.
The run segment of the race went well. It's the segment that I like the best. Racers had spread out on the course so passing wasn't an issue on the narrow cart paths. I was done with the run segment in 21:43 minutes.
I hit the finish line with an overall time of 1:08:39 placing 2nd in the over 50 Grand Master division finishing 39th overall having been "chicked" twice.
|2nd Men's Grand Master Award|
|Male Swim Time to Overall Finish Placement|
|Male Bike Segment to Overall Finish Placement|
|Male Run Segment to Overall Finish Placement|
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