Pay no attention to the Old Spice guy behind me. But do pay attention to Chris' game face.
|But first, let us take a selfie|
The drive in to Ft. DeSoto at 5:30am was dark yet full of lightning. There were some storms way off the coast that were giving us quite a light show. By race time, however, they had all faded away to produce a lovely sunrise. This picture was taken just after we had waded into the water to test our goggles and then watched a guy step on the wing of a sting ray.
|Thanks for the goggles, bro!|
The ocean swim turned out to be nothing more than a glorified lake swim. Winds were calm, no waves and I was thrilled with how my weeks of swimming had really paid off. I was not happy, on the other hand, on how I got stuck in a pack of backstrokers (really??!) or the saltwater that basically sets your throat on fire by the time you get out, but hey, look Mom, no sharks!
This course had a pretty good bike route. Mostly flat and at one point you have a gorgeous view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. AND, no hairpin switchbacks! I know I could be faster on the bike, but considering I use no clips or cages and my bike is 117 years old, there is only so fast I can go and it ain't half bad!
|Look at me go!|
I won't sugar coat it- the run totally sucked. I made a rookie mistake and did not actually take at least a full minute or two after the bike to let my thighs un-seize and by the end of the first half mile, I was pretty much done. The good news is that it was also like being on the surface of the sun, so we thought this through.
|Feels so good. To be done.|
This race was uber cool because they gave each participant a print out of their official times. I came in 8th place for my age group- and as you can see, the run was just horrific.
But just look at us, man! Who would have thought that Binghams could do this??!
|Way to go, Chris! And you're not even wearing an ice vest!|
(For the record, this triathlon had great finish line food. Once the feeling of vomiting left, the burgers, fruit, cookies, bagels and beverages were fantastic.)
|That makes five|
So will Chris and I be back in action together soon? Stay tuned...