Sunday was the big event…the SoBe Mossman Sprint Triathlon. After waking up at 3:45am to drive to Norwalk, I arrived with my trainer Kim Foster a little after 5am. I went through the registration process and then set up my spot in the transition area with all the stuff I needed going from one leg of the tri to the next. After a pre-race briefing to make sure we were all aware of the rules, etc…it was onto the beach, in preparation to get the tri underway. We went into the water in 5 minute intervals…being a “first-timer” I was in the last wave to go off, at 6:45am.
The 0.5 mile swim went okay…I did a combination of freestyle and breaststroke, never stopping to tread water (one goal that I set for myself…lol). Coming out of the water, it was to the transition area where I then removed my wetsuit, goggles and swim cap…and put on my cycling shoes, helmet and sunglasses. The 12.5 mile bike ride was nice…not too hilly, so that was a huge plus! After completing that leg, it was back to the transition area to get into my running shoes for the 5k run.
Here’s the low-down for my finish…total time: 1:25:48, I was the 233th to complete the race (out of over 550 participants), the 182nd male. In my age category, I came in 25th! For comparison, the guy who won, did so in just over 59 minutes (about 26 ahead of me!)
I’d like to thank the following for their assistance and contributions in my quest to complete a triathlon by the time I turn 30, on 080808: The New England Athletic Club (Trainer Kim Foster and Swim Coach Sharon Fagan), Pig Iron Sports in Glastonbury, Pedal Power in Middletown, Timex, GU, TriSports.com, and Beginner Triathlete.
Furthermore, I’d like to thank everyone that got up early to come out and support me on Sunday morning…friends Mike, Martha & Rene, Kelly, Paul…and of course Scot Haney!
Lastly, a big kudos to Susan Raff…as she also completed her first triathlon and did so in under 2 hours. Also, my friend Dave (who also was a first-timer) and his girlfriend Kim – congratulations to everyone!