In 2002 I stood on the shore for my first ever triathlon in Dorr, MI at Johan’s Trifest. It is an Olympic Distance Triathlon with .93 miles of swimming, 24.8 miles of biking and 6.2 miles of running. Last weekend I stood on the shore once again and in by far the best shape of my life. The swim went very well and I finished in 30th place with a time of 25 minutes for a supposedly 2 minutes extra long swim. Nice to know that all of the swimming is paying dividends. On the bike I had a little big of a struggle getting things going as well as I was in a few of my training tests but still the pace was pretty good until 15 miles into the ride I heard the loud BANG as my rear tire flatted. The change went pretty well and in 4:45 I was off an rolling again. Finished the ride feeling ready to run. Bike computer said 1:09:30 nearly a best for the distance. Official time was 1:14.15 still not bad and over 20 mph avg! I hit the run and was cruising along pretty well. Caught a few people that passed me and finished in 2:26.34 only 1:30 away from a PR and less than 3 minutes from first place in my AG! Not bad and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

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