Time to tri again

Family Pictures 033 300x200 Time to tri again

The last time I raced this triathlon, my middle schooler looked like this

Tomorrow is my second (and final!!) triathlon this season. I’m excited to do it, and to have it behind me. Like I said here, running is where my heart is. I’ve enjoyed the crosstraining, and will continue some of it, but look forward to more concentrated run training for the remainder of 2012.

The race is in Dewey Beach, Delaware, and it’s one I’ve done twice before. The last time was 11 years ago and my son was just a baby. Funny story that goes along with this: Mr. Zippy was doing triathlons back then, too. My brother, as well, and he decided to come out from Ohio to join us in the race. We had a friend avaiable to watch my son while we all raced, so everything was in place.

Race morning dawned and we all began our prep for the day. My son was eating rice cereal at the time and I had brought down a ziplock bag of it with us. My brother was unaware of that and was looking for the powdered drink mix he’d brought down (also in a ziplock bag–you can see where this is going). He filled up his water bottle for the race, we all got ready and headed off to the race course.

I’m sure by now you can imagine the surprise my brother had during the race when he took a drink from his water bottle. Rice cereal wasn’t quite what he had in mind! But it was a ball to have him out there on the race course and we all enjoyed the day.

I looked up my old results from 11 years ago. I forgot that the swim had been cancelled that year due to heavy surf, so there’s no real comparing. I don’t really have any big goals for this one other than to beat my bike split average from Iron Girl, which shouldn’t be too tough since that course was hilly and this is flat. Not to mention that my bike split was just pathetic and I know I can do better.

This year I’m doing the race with three friends, one of whom is doing her first. I can’t wait for her to experience her first tri, an experience I know she will love.

Come Sunday, it’s marathon training game on. Can’t wait. Who else is racing this weekend? 


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  1. Have so much fun! Lots of luck to you and your friends. I love the story about the rice cereal! So funny! :)
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  2. All the best with your tri! My wife wants me to do one Iron Man some day but I have ultra goals that I want to achieve first. I’ll have to see if my body has anything left after that. I’m not racing this weekend after last weekend’s mountain challenge. Have a great weekend!
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  3. I am racing a 5k tomorrow if you call it racing, not sure what my legs have in mind.

    That is a great story about your brother. I would love to read all the mishaps of triathlons because there is so much more that can go wrong than in running.

    Good luck! I bet you will kill your bike split!

    And yay for focused marathon training! I am going to finish out my season training for the RW Half, take time off and then finally get to do marathon training again. I will be so excited to finally do a long run after such a long time off.
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  4. Good luck tomorrow!!! You’re going to do awesome!! Great story about the rice cereal!!
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  5. Laima and I have The North Face ECS this weekend! Have fun at the tri.
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  6. I’m racing the Amica Boston tri on Sunday. I’m also looking forward to having my season complete! I’m ready for a little break and to switch gears for a while before next season.
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  7. That is so funny about the rice cereal!! Haha I bet you guys still talk about that. How’d it work for him? Maybe I need to try?? Good luck this weekend! I am running a Half Marathon tomorrow morning!
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  8. That rice cereal story is hilarious! I assume it was too thick for him to drink any water? Poor guy! :) Have a blast this weekend– we used to go to Dewey beach as kids. :)
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  9. good luck!!! you’re gonna rock it. :)
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  10. Good Luck!
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  11. Good luck this weekend! I say crush that bike- it’s the last one you’ll be doing for a while!
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  12. The family that tris together…

    Great story. I would have loved to see your brother’s face when he realized he was drinking cereal. Good luck in your race!
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  13. Good luck racing! I raced last weekend so this weekend I’m back to my half marathon training plan. Long, slow…did I mention long?
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  14. Have fun! That’s super cool that you did the race 11 years ago too :)
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  15. Good luck this weekend!!
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  16. Good luck this weekend! Love the photo of your son…too cute.
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  17. Good luck and have fun!
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  18. good luck tomorrow!! :)
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  19. Good luck! I have a half on Sunday. Reading about your tri brings back the panic I felt when I did my first one last month. SO glad I only have to run:)
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  20. Ohhhh, rice cereal. Yuck! Have a great race! Can’t wait to hear the results.
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  21. I have a trail race this weekend, but I wouldn’t say I’m “racing” it. Just gonna test out the leg, enjoy the fall colors, and have a good time :) Good luck to you!
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  22. haha! That’s a hilarious story about your brother and the rice cereal. Could have been worse, right? At least it’s easily digestible stuff :-)

    Good luck this weekend and have fun!
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  23. That rice cereal story is pretty good. Poor brother! Yuck! I’m racing a little 5K this weekend, not an A race as I’m gearing up for the Equinox 13.1 on Sept 23 (1-yr anniversary race/present to eachother), but I’m planning on racing it hard anyways. Good luck and have fun out there this weekend!
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  24. That is a hilarious story. Maybe rice cereal could be a new fuel for racing. I heard of someone that eats rice during long runs, kind of the same thing, right?

    Best of luck at the tri. I’ll be doing a half marathon in Santa Fe this weekend. I’m feeling nervous since I don’t know where my speed has been lately. Oh well, I’m just going to try my best and enjoy it.
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  25. A. was such a cute baby!!! Love the story about the rice cereal. Bleck! Good luck tomorrow! Have fun and do what you do best. :)
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  26. HAHA that’s hilarious but prob not so funny at the time! Have fun this weekend! YAY CIM!
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  27. Hahahahaha!!! I think this is striking me as especially funny because I have recently packed rice cereal in a plastic bag.
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  28. Good luck in your tri! I love tri’s. I can’t wait to do more of them.

    I’m going back to do the first organized race I ever did. I try to run it every year.
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  29. I’m racing this weekend! Yay! Monster elevation gain on a trail marathon then looking to run 15 the following day (maybe 18, maybe 20?). Totally depends on how I feel after Saturday. My guess is: IN SOME PAIN.

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  30. Good luck!!! You will rock it :)
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  31. I guess rice cereal would still have some carbs right?? And wouldn’t be too hard on the stomach…I don’t know…

    Good luck and have fun this weekend!
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  32. Good luck, you are awesome!! Hopefully I will d a tri next year!
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  33. Good luck at the tri!
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  34. I’m late! So, I hope you HAD a fantastic day today, filled with fun :)
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  35. Good luck!
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  36. HAHA. I love this story =)

    I hope the race went well today! Looking forward to hearing your recap of how it went!!!
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  37. Good luck!! Get this silly tri behind you and really crank it up for CIM :)
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  38. did my final tri for the season in deep creek..savageman. 3rd time was a charm for this race, I managed an 11 minute course PR! (not sure how, exactly!)

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