Matt’s First Triathlon: The Chisago Sprint Tri

>> Monday, July 26, 2010

Yesterday was a great day. Matt, my brother-in-law and the other half of the duathlon team of “Team Happy Pants,” raced in his first triathlon!! Pharmie and I were out of town, but we got up at 4 am to drive nearly 3 hours back so we could cheer him on!

We saw lots of other “racing buddies” out there, but this post is devoted to Matt and his first tri. Here’s a bunch of photos of Matt at work:

Matt’s wave entering the water.

Pondering the start.

“Ready, Set, GO!!”

Running in.

Matt’s weakest event is the swim, so he “ran” in as far as he could...

... and then he started swimming with the rest of his wave.

We spotted him taking off his swim cap.

Running out.

Leading a big pack into T1.

Putting on his helmet.
(I had to crop it like this so we could enjoy that butt on the right...)

Starting the bike.

Turning off the path as he’s wrapping up the 21 mile ride.

Wrapping up the ride.

Starting the 5K.


Entering the park with about 400 meters to go!

Up the hill, under the Swedish flag, and to the finish!!

Streaking by at the finish!

Getting ready to cross the line of his FIRST triathlon!!

Matt Linder
400 Meter Swim: 13:59
T1: 1:50
21 Mile Bike: 55:23
T2: 1:30
5K Run: 26:17
Total: 1:38:57

8 out of 32 clydesdales
153 out of 801 overall

CONGRATS MATT!! You did GREAT out there!! You got the FASTEST bike split of all 32 Clydesdales?!? (22.7 mph) GREAT WORK!!

Pharmie was texting Matt after the race. He said he was sore / tired in a different way than just a running race. Pharmie asked if he was hooked, and he texted back “Possibly. Likely. Maybe. TBD.”

(Oh, and a funny side note: someone spotted Matt and asked him “Are you Matt? Are you Steve’s Matt?” Ha! That’s the first time he’s been spotted because of my blog!)

I took more photos yesterday, and I’ll be back with some photos of racing buddies within the next couple of days. Thanks for reading! And one last big CONGRATS to Matt!!!


ShutUpandRun 8:26 AM, July 26, 2010  

Congrats to Steve's Matt. 153/801 is awesome!!

Pahla 8:47 AM, July 26, 2010  

Congrats to Matt!! Awesome race!

the.mrrr 8:48 AM, July 26, 2010  

That was me who asked him if he was Matt from your blog before the race. I also gave him a shout out when I passed him on the bike. Looks like he had a good race! Nice first tri Matt!!!

wendy 10:26 AM, July 26, 2010  

Awesome times! Congrats to Matt!

GoBigGreen 11:04 AM, July 26, 2010  

Congrats Matt! That is what everyone asked Rich, too. ARE YOU DOING ANOTHER ONE? I think Rich didnt answer!

Steve Sander 4:00 PM, July 26, 2010  

Congratulations Matt on a fantastic first race. I look forward to seeing you at more.

Amytrigirl (aka Amybee) 5:35 PM, July 26, 2010  

congrats to Steve's Matt, but I wanna know:

How did he score such an awesome tri bike for his first event? Where is the ratty road bike (or hybrid) that every one else endures for their first several events until they finally figure out that to be better, you have to drop some coin?

(Took me YEARS to figure out that one...)

Anonymous,  10:22 PM, July 26, 2010  

Wow! Matt did a great job and he looked strong! (That butt was a bit distracting though- LOL!)

CoachLiz 10:29 PM, July 26, 2010  

Congratulations to Matt!!! What an AWESOME bike split. I don't think I could ride that far that fast!

Kudos to you and Pharmie for getting back in time to take all those great pictures.

sRod 6:01 PM, August 03, 2010  

Congrats to Matt!

"Steve's Matt" is exactly how I would refer to him too if I ran into him. FYI, it would also be "Steve's Pharmie".

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