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Blog | Triathlon No. 2 in the books

Blog | Triathlon No. 2 in the books

by IRA CRONIN / NewsChannel 36
E-mail Ira: ICronin@WCNC.com

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Posted on May 8, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Updated Monday, May 10 at 9:34 AM

My adventure in the Jetton Park Triathlon taught me several things -- the first of which is the second race isn’t necessarily easier than the first race! It was also a good reminder that I have a long way to go to reach my goals of health and fitness. But… It was also a testament to me of how far I have come in a year and a half. I’m not saying that I couldn’t have completed a race like this when I was 35 pounds heavier but It may have taken me 3 or 4 hours and I can only imagine there would have been lots of puking involved and as bad as I looked in my trisuit I would have looked a lot worse! Today’s race was harder than I thought it would be and I didn’t come close to my goal time, but looking back I had a very un-realistic goal. I way underestimated how long it would take to complete a 750 yard swim in Lake Norman with a wind blowing. I also forgot to factor in that the bike course was 2.4 miles longer than my last race.

I was fired up for the race big time. I know I’m excited to do something when I don’t have any problems waking up at 4:45 in the morning, something that is only usually reserved for golf outings. My excitement was quickly dampened about 30 seconds into the swim. I have never tried to swim in the waves which became a major problem when it comes to timing breathes not only with my stroke, but also with the waves. I had a few good gulps of lake water which didn’t exactly help me settle into a nice routine. Between the breathing issues and the visibility problems I ended up breast stroking 95% of the swim and quitting crossed my mind a couple of times but I stayed with it and just kept telling myself that the bike ride was coming up next.

I had a great bike ride and am really grateful that once I get this large amount of mass rolling, it stays rolling. Getting rolling was the problem today. I was so gassed from the swim that I had a hard time getting my wits about me. I put on helmet without buckling my chinstrap and started down the road. I tried to buckle it one handed while riding but quickly found out I’m not nearly talented enough to pull that off. So I stopped and was about to buckle it up, when my weigh shifted to the one side I was still clipped into the peddles on, and DOWN GOES FRAZIER!!!! Pretty embarrassing but there wasn’t much time to feel bad. I’m so grateful for the volunteer who jumped in and helped me up and got me going.

The run went about as good as a run can go for me.  I really wanted to finish this run stronger than I did in my first race and I was able to do that. This run had some gentle hills but thank goodness the last five or six hundred yards were all downhill. About the time I had decided that no one else would be passing me, there goes another girl in great shape past me making it look easy. Like I said still have a long way to go. I was happy with my finishing time and can’t wait for the next race so I can put all my newly gained knowledge to use, like buckle up your helmet before you ever think about leaving the transition area!

I have to thank a lot of people for getting me to this point and through this second race.  First to my friends Beth and Justin, the triathletes who inspired me to try this in the first place.  Dan who was good enough to put me on his training bike and has been so giving not only with his gear but with his time and advice from his triathlon days.  Casey and Patty who finally got me in the pool and keep me working to get better everyday.  Finally to Angi, Rob and the rest of the crew at Trysports.  They got me running again when I was injured.  Rob put more time and TLC into my bike getting me ready to race and the results showed on race day.  Angi keeps me looking good and has introduced me to my triathlon coach Ron Sciepko.  Ron gave me some good advice getting me ready for this race, and the good 'ol "orca" wetsuit.  I'm excited to see what Ron can do with me between now and my next race this summer.  Finally to my wife Holly and our kids, Rhyan, Sydney, and Avarie who all put up with my training schedule and those hours spent away from them.  I appreciate all the support from everyone.  Thank You.

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