|4:40am wakeup; 5:30am departure|
|Men 40 and over lining up|
|Go - into choppy waters!|
|Only 56 cycling miles to go|
One of the best things about beginning the run is that the transition is really fast – Get off the bike, change shoes, take off your helmet, put on a hat, take some water and Shot Blocks and go! Did I mention, you need to remove your cycling gloves…oops…forgot to take those off. The good news was that the excellent tri organizers set up six water stops so I could drop my gloves at the first one. After mile one, I met Lori, part of a team that is friends with Peter Frates, the guy for whom the entire ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was created. We were running the same speed so she told me all about Peter, his wife and baby and it was hard not to get emotional. For the next 10 miles we ran together. For that distance, you need to talk to somebody. At mile 11, I decided my time was slipping so I went ahead. A short while later, I thought I saw behind me a Vineyard buddy, Wayne, who was with Price Waterhouse and now runs Hinckley Lumber with his family on the Island. I slowed nearly to a walk thinking it would be fun to run to the finish together. As “Wayne” approached, I realized this guy looked a bit younger than Wayne and more to confirm what I already knew, I said, “Are you Wayne,” and as he flew past me, he said “Wayne, NO I am not Wayne.” I was a little bewildered and decided I better pick it up. We started closing in on the finish line but I realized the Wayne look-alike was going too fast for me and I was passed by Keri, a relay runner and friend of Lori and Peter’s. I turned it on but couldn’t catch Keri either. I did manage to outrun a few others so I was pumped by that. I figured just completing a 13.1 mile run was something.
After about six and a half hours, it felt great to complete the event. It was unbelievable to have Cathy, Allison, Diane, Eric and Richard (aka Steve) greet me at the finish line. It always provides a burst of adrenalin when you hear your friends and family cheering you on! The icing on the cake was the massages purchased by our house guests for those of us who participated – those were really sweet!
After such a great day, I want to thank my friends and family who were involved and those who wished us good luck. The volunteers, triathlon organizers and police all did a great job (except maybe for that guy who forgot to tell me which way to go on Moshup Trail). In all seriousness, it was a great event and I look forward to more people joining us in the future. Go to google and search for Vineyard Triathlon orwww.vineyardtriathlon.com to find out more and see you next September.
|70.3 Miles Done!|
|Celebrating success at the Lookout Tavern|