>> 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!!”
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.
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!!
400 Meter Swim: 13:59
21 Mile Bike: 55:23
5K Run: 26:17
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!!!