Another Sprint distance triathlon to add to Ted's growing list of endurance events.Â Today was going to be a good day.Â
We set up in transition early this year.Â The unfortunate result of early set up is the long wait for Ted's group to go out. The event began at 8 am, Ted wouldn't get into the water until 8:50 am.Â
There were a total of 7 groups and purple caps were number 6 to start the event.Â The worst part of any race is waiting for the start.
The water was calm and the sun began to shine once Ted was in the water. The swim was suppose to be half a mile, Ted said it seemed longer and his time reflected his thoughts at about 23 minutes.
There were some excellent swim times from the youngest group of athletes. They truly amaze!
It was a struggle getting the wet suit off from around his ankles but when all was said and done, the bike leg was underway.
This would be the longest leg of the race, 15 miles bike for this sprint.Â It gave me the opportunity to meander back to the car, grab an apple, and enjoy the mild temperature of the day, not to mention the beautiful scenery.
When I went back to the race, the fastest group of cyclists were coming in. This is always interesting to watch at Cazenovia because the riders have to start AND stop on a slope.Â There typically is a lot of accidents.Â Fortunately, I only witnessed one fall today.
The other thing that amazes me is that there are cyclists who hop off their bikes using "Fred Flintstone" style breaks AND continue to pound their feet on the pavement while trying to race into transition.Â
Here comes Ted!
Back into transition for the final leg of the race, the 3.1 mile run.Â He said it felt good to get off the bike and get on his feet.Â
Ted had a good run.Â It was a hilly course (as was the bike) but he pushed through the hills, didn't walk, but maintained an even effort for a strong finish.
Ted got THIRD in his age group out of SEVEN!Â What a way to bring it home! Unfortunately, it wasn't the beer, that was first prize, but we did get a nice Caz 2012 glass.
After the awards, it was a struggle trying to find a place to enjoy a late breakfast but finally found a family diner in Morrisville, "Quacks".Â
Breakfast of Champions.