Well, kicked off the season with a flat 5 k in FL. My wife and I were greeted by 30 d temps and a 4:30 am wake up. But after a great warm up, I was ready for a good race. Not surprisingly, the race started fast and quickly sorted itself between myself and one other a runner; she was blond and fit, and looked all to comfortable setting the pace.
At the half way point, I still felt good, but somewhere between 2.4 miles and 2.5 an inexplicable gap appeared. With no gears left, I settled in for second and a new 5 k PR. My wife also shaved about 2 min off her best as well. After the race, I congratulated the winner, whose Norwegian name was lost on me, but I did catch the part about her being an “ex-Norwegian athlete”. I’ve uploaded a couple pics of the awards ceremony, but missed the pic of the mayor hugging me. All and all, a fun start to the season.
After a cool, but solid week of training in FL, I headed into the Clermont Challenge. While the race event was a bit disappointing and not what I signed up for, it still was a great opportunity to get some open water time, T1/2 practice and some hard riding. While my swim was not the fastest, it was fairly comfortable and I was able to blast through the bike to the top 25. A solid run left me 25th overall and 2nd in my age group (actually top 5 for all over 30). Special thanks to Stan’s No Tubes for keeping me flat free, Rudy Project for helping me look great, ad honey stinger for keeping me fueled up!