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San Antonio CampsiteWe all drove down to Lake San Antonio near King City on Friday to compete in the annual Wildflower Triathlon.  Mrs V. raised over $3,300 for the  Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Team in Training and has been training for this thing for the better part of this year. 

Talk about people…  The campgrounds around Lake San Antonio were at overflow capacity with the influx of thousands of spectators and competitors for the weekend competition.  The Youngs drove down early on Friday and scored us a great campsite, which was fortunate as we watched a lot of latecomers search for vacant spots late into Friday evening.

Tire Changing Lessons  Breakfast Before the Race
Carol gets some last-minute tire changing lessons (left) and we chow down on a very cold morning before our race (right). 

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
On our way to the starting line (left) and standing in alongside the final straight on the running leg (right).

Team In Training  Getting Numbered
Team in Training before the race (left) and getting numbered in the transition area (right).

Getting NumberedThe half-ironman course started at 8:00am on the Saturday morning, the professional men were up first.  Absolutely amazing athletes, the winner (an Aussie) completed the course in a few seconds over four hours.  That’s 1.25 miles of swimming, 56 miles on the bike and a half-marathon (13 miles).  Really a sight to behold…

The mountain bike triathlon started at 9:45am, I was first up with the 18-29 year-old men.  Carol next and then The Fundraiser in the 10:00am wave (25-29 year-old women).  A lot of adrenaline standing around at the starting gates!  I managed to secure a spot at the front of my pack, which I was thankful for as even being out in front I still managed to get kicked in the face a few times during the swim.  I was pretty pumped on my swim and came out of the water in the top 15 of my pack, and my choice to not wear a wetsuit made for a quick transition to my bike, after which I was third in my group.  Our Team in Training member also had a good swim, completing the leg in under 10 minutes, which was the goal she’d set for herself.

Professional Men Swimmers Professional Men Transition
The professional men begin their 1.25 mile swim (top) and make their way into the cycling transition (bottom).

Mum and Daughter 25-29 Year-Old Men Swimming Warm-Ups
Getting suited-up before the swim (left), me at the starting line on the very right (middle) and swimmers warming up before their start (right).

Swimmers Go! Carol Transitioning
Spot the Team in Training wetsuit as it makes its way into the water (left) and Carol in the swim-to-bike transition (right). 

31301-303-021fBy the time we both made it to the run leg we were pretty tuckered-out.  We both pushed pretty hard during the bike legs and had some fun on the single-track downhill sections.  The final paved downhill of the course was a real hoot, neither of us have speedometers on our bikes but I’d have to say we were topping 40 miles per hour, I needed another big chain ring on my crankset, I couldn’t pedal any faster!  I clocked 1:12:53 for 20th spot in my class and 178th out of the more than 800 competitors.  The instigator of this whole experience was pumped with 1:18:42, 12th in her class at 294th overall.  We’re both very proud of Carol for all her training and hard work, no walking over the finish line for my mother-in-law!  There were professional photographers all over the course, which was really great because it enabled us to get some of their action shots from the race.

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Our resident Team in Training member on the bike (left), having a cooling drink afterwards (middle) and crossing the finish line (right).

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Me on the pavement toward the end of the big leg (left and middle) and feeling it through the run (right).

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Carol looking strong on the bike (left), leading the pack behind her on the run (middle) and thankful for the finish line (right). 

Finished! IMG_4629
Mum and daughter at the finish line (left) and the finishing strait (right).

Empty Transition Area 

Stretching in the empty transition area (left) and the three triathletes pre-race (right).

Class Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Overall Class Place Overall Place
M 18-29 6:47 2:55 41:26 2:25 19:17 1:12:53 20 178
F 25-29 8:52 4:40 44:56 2:19 17:52 1:18:42 12 294

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6 Comments

  1. Luke says:

    Way to go all!

  2. Anonymous says:

    You all rocket it. Congrats!!!

    Let’s set up a mini tri course at my house with pixi bikes and beer…any takers?

  3. Webmaster says:

    Pixi bikes and beer? Who is this?

  4. Kevin says:

    Congratulations, you guys are awesome!

  5. Lisa says:

    What are pixi bikes?

  6. Katrina says:

    Amazing pictures! You all look so great. Good job triathletes! Quite an accomplishment.