This weekend Kerry and I participated in the 1st Annual Halfway to Hawaii Practice Triathlon on Treasure Island as part of our training for Lavaman in March.
Now, why swimming in a wetsuit in the frigid waters off Treasure Island in January is considered training for swimming in the warm waters of Hawaii without a wetsuit is beyond me, but what the hell.
So on Sunday we all gathered at Treasure Island with our TNT team mates, many off whom had never done a triathlon before, to take part in a sprint triathlon (which is half the distance of the Olympic distance we’ll be doing in Hawaii). Even though it was a practice, the TNT staffers and volunteers put on a great event and it was pretty much like the real thing. Fortunately it wasn’t raining as per the forecast and it turned out to be a great day, considering it’s January!
It was funny watching all the participates snaking up the road towards the beach ready for the start, made for quite a sight I’m sure, however, that was nothing compared to watching everyone racing into the water once the race started.
After a quick 14 minute swim I was running back to the transition area for my bike ride.
Cycling around Treasure Island wasn’t all that easy, it’s a twisty course as you wind around the roads and there are potholes everywhere, I even had to stop a few times at stop signs to let cars pass. The bike probably took a little less than an hour and then it was off for the run, only 3 miles, but, definitely not my favourite part.
After 1hr and 42 minutes I crossed the finish line, pleased it was all over. Kerry was barely 8 minutes behind me, she’s getting more determined to beat me and at this rate she might just do it (she’s faster on the swim, not too far behind on the bike and just needs to catch up on the run).
So we are doing all this to raise funds for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), we’ve raised over $1,000 towards our $5,880 goal, if you’d like to make a donation to help us along our way it would be greatly appreciated, it’s easy to
do online: http://pages.teamintraining.org/sf/lavatri09/kezandkeiron