From: Greg Barstad
Subject: Pine Hollow Tri
I loaded up
the family and headed south to
It's an odd little Triathlon; 300 yard swim / 9 mile bike / 8 mile run that really favors the runner.
There were 34 of us lined up for the running beach start, a very balanced mixed of seasoned triathlets and others that just wanted to check off doing a Tri sometime in their lifetime.
Until the very last minute I was not going to wear my wetsuit, but then I realized I haven't been in a pool since last summer, and had zero pool time (heck it's only 300 yards, right?)
So I get nervous and put my suit on just minutes before the start. Good thing I did, the 300 yards seemed like 3000 yards, but somehow I was fourth out of the water.
T1 was a disaster, had a hard time walking let alone running to my bike, I was sixth out of T1 because of my bumbling and stumbling tying to get myself together.
The bike was a short 9 miles around the lake with a steady headwind on the backside and pretty uneventful. Finished sixth off the bike, and was eighth out of T2.
Not only was it hard to put my running gear on, the first two miles into the run I was trying feel my legs, at about mile 3 I started to feel better. At mile 6 is a pretty substantial hill that went about ½ mile and I was not at all embarrassed that I walked part of it.
There were plenty of water/power aid stations along the way to offer support and encouragement.
Ended up 11th overall and had a great time.
Now I have to go consult Pat about those brick workouts......maybe even visit the pool?
Editors note: Greg placed first in his 45-49 age group!
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