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First Olympic Triathlon

On September 1st, my wife and I each completed our first Olympic Distance triathlon, called the Titanium Man Triathlon hosted by the local triathlon group in the Tri-Cities of Washington. Olympic distance means a 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, and 6.2 mile (10k) run. Overall, it went pretty well. My overall time was 2 hours, 35 minutes. Wife completed in 3 hours, 5 minutes. Here's how the morning went.

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First let's set up the swim to bike transition. Turns out the wife's back tire (not pictured) was going flat, so we had to use her spare tube. Fortunately, the nice people at REI gave us a free spare tube and it turns out we didn't need the spare after all.

Setting up the bike-run transition was relatively uneventful (which is good), so now let's get on to the start! 


Photo from tri-cityherald.com

Everyone swim! This actually didn't go so hot for me, I did well the first quarter and last quarter, but the middle half I couldn't get into a good rhythm. I was passed by a number of people, so I just had to try to relax and do well on the bike/run.


Photo from tri-cityherald.com

Lots of bikes at T1.  The bike went much better.  I felt quite good on it. The benefit of "underperforming" in the swim means I get to "overperform" on the bike and pass a lot of people.  Especially on the up-hills - advantages of being skinny I suppose. 


The Wife on the bike


Me coming out of T2 starting the run

The run was relatively uneventful, I was pretty gassed in the latter half, particularly miles 4-5.5.  But in the end we both finished! 

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Looking forward to participating in more triathlons in the years to come!