Friday, May 29, 2009

NUMBER 228 IS RACE READY

My race number is 228: That's the lowest race number I've had so far. Maybe that means my time will be low as well.

It takes a lot of gear to compete in a triathlon. Besides the obvious like the bike, goggles and shoes, there's a myriad of "stuff" you need during the race. Fortunately, you don't have to carry it all with you throughout the race. That's what the transition areas are for.

Here are some photos of most of what I'll be packing along during each stage of the race.

Swim gear: Goggles, racing clothes, blue seventy (a nonwet suit, wet suit), swim cap, energy gel, watch, and body glide (to prevent chafing.) Not pictured: nerve enough to get into the water with 1,300 other crazy maniacs at 7 in the morning.

Bike: spending 3 hours on this thing mostly climbing hills.

All the gear I'll be lugging up hill (except the tire pump and the towel). Thats a peanutbutter and jelly sandwich (my comfort food) and banana chips next to the energy gels. I'm hoping to psych out my competition when they see I'm so relaxed that I'm eating a sandwich during the race. Besides, I need the carbs for the run. My son Daniel (U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Wrighthouse) bought me a Marine tri jersey for the race so I'll be representing him and the Marines during the race.

Ugh! the run. I can handle 10 miles, which I've done a lot, but 13.1 really seems to hurt. My plan is to just go out and think about doing 10 miles and just try to gut out the last 3.1.

Tomorrow wraps up 6 months of training. I've put in thousands of miles in the water, on the bike and on my running shoes. It's time to put it all together and have some fun.

P.S. The photos to the right are from last year's Honu. I've lost 10 pounds since then, put on some muscle and put in a lot more miles. This should be fun!

1 comment:

Bruce Stewart (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Best of luck! I am sure all the training will pay off. Don't worry about the competition (local fellow age groupers), as anything can happen on the run.

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