As about a month has passed and I have fully recovered from my Santa Cruz Sentinal Triathlon on September 29th, I was urged to share a bit of the experience.
First and foremost, I’d like to thank Shannon, Cara, Joe and Sam for showing up to support me. It meant a lot to me to have people there cheering and to talk to after the event. It was a fantastic, sunny day in Santa Cruz and we had some time to enjoy it. Thanks for showing up guys! 🙂
Although practically prevented from training because of a hefty work load, I did manage to take more than two minutes off my personal best (PB); the new time is 2:37;56 for 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run. That distance is better known as the olympic or international distance, and is about 1/4 of a full Ironman race.
As I was competing in the Clydesdale Division (for portly gentlemen weighing in at 200+ lbs), I placed 9th in that class. However, my placing overall is hardly impressive: 397 of 900. You can see the results posted here. The Clydesdales are at the very top of the page…
Improving my PB without much training is most likely a product of the varying distances and difficulties of the courses. My previous PB was set on a very hilly bike and run course, where this one was relatively flat and I had a newer, better bike for this race. I credit better tools for my success 🙂
Anyway, it was a great event. I expect to compete more next year, starting in the late spring, and hopefully I can continue to get people to show up for these races. I only do it for fun, and I love when I have company for training and for competition.
– the Triathlon Office Mouse
PS. For the original triathlon posting, please see the 20th of August posting in the archives.