Sunday, April 6, 2008
1st Race of the Year - CUA Triathlon
Yesterday was my first race of this year, the Catholic University of America Sprint Triathlon! It was a really fun race and went really well. It started off with a pool swim in the CUA pool, with each racer being seeded in order based on their percieved 500 yd swim time. Since I no longer have a pool to use readily, I gave myself a slower time than I usually would have been able to do. Unfortunately alot of other people had other ideas. Based on the way that we snaked up and down each lane, there wasn't enough room to pass, so I was stuck behind alot of people unnecessarily so my time was a lot slower than I could have finished in. However, once on the bike, I felt really strong pushing the whole way through the five loops for the 13 mile ride. I avg about 18.4 mph, which ordinarily wouldn't be that great for me, but considering the large number of 90 degree turns and the fact that I dropped my chain once, it was a pretty strong ride. I then got off after the 5 loops and threw on my running shoes and hit the road. My first mile was a bit labored, but I quickly got my pace and overcame a side stitch and got into rhythm, finishing with a 7:40 min/mile avg. Overall it was a really fun race and I am really looking forward to getting the official results online!
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!