Thursday, October 22, 2009

Winning my age group

So the end of the day is drawing near. Todays weather has been miserable. I hope the weather is better in austin this weekend for the longhorn 70.3 triathlon. Go Frisco triathlon Club. This year as far as my introduction into triathlon is concerned has been ok, if not pretty good.

Halfway through the year i decided to get a bicycle to find a different way to keep fit. I ended up getting a mountain bike as i didn't really know what i wanted to get and it seemed the most practical choice.

About a month after that a friend of mine convinced me to train alongside him for a sprint distance triathlon about 6 weeks down the road. Well, it wasn't long after that i realized the mountain bike just wasn't going to cut it. So off i went back to the bike shop hoping i could get a trade in. Lucky for me they said it was ok and before to long i was out on the streets on cruising along on my road bike.

So i started piling on the miles in the pool as well as on the road. And as race day came along i was feeling pretty confident but had no idea as to how i was going to fare against all the other athletes. It turned out i wasn't all that bad and the training was paying off.

In my first tri, in my 30-34 age group i came 11th and in my second which was the US open i came a very competitive 5th in my age group. Whilst i am still at the sprint level the US open was a long sprint which included a 800m swim, 40km bike ride and a 5km run. Finishing on a cold, wet and windy day in a time of 2:03:07. I think i will transition into the olympic distance quite well and am looking forward to next year's triathlon season.

In fact i am more than just looking forward to it, I want to win my age group as often as i can next year. I know its going to take a lot of hard work and dedication but who knows, it might just happen.

Here's to a short winter and some serious work in the gym and out on the road.


  1. Go for it! Enjoy the process & see what happens as you cut time & gain strength.

  2. thanks sara, your story is also very motivating. Im sure i am going to be able to do it. thanks