Yesterday, I completed my third triathlon.
Last year, TRI Ballantyne 2015 was my first ever triathlon, which I managed to finish in 1:52:33. This triathlon was 300 yard pool swim (with a time of 4:47), a 12.7 mile bike course (with a time of 51:22), and a 5K run course (with a time of 51:58). I ranked 329 out of 357 individual athletes overall, which is a score of 7.9%. I competed as a Paratriathlete Division athlete, and was the only such athlete, so I came in 1st by default.
My second triathlon was the Indoor TRI Ballantyne, which involved rowing, indoor cycling, and treadmill running. Because I didn’t need a guide, I was able to compete in Age Group and placed 2nd in my Age Group.
Now, can you stand the suspense any longer? Wondering about yesterday? Read on:
I completed the Lake Norman Sprint Triathlon in 1:53:39. The swim was 750 meters lake course, which I finished in 20:22 (ranking 214 overall). The bike course was 17.8 miles, which I completed in 50:23 (ranking 40 overall). Finally, the run course was a 5K course, which I completed in 36:15 (ranking 254 overall). Overall, I ranked 165 out of 291 individual athletes, which is a score of 42.3% overall. That’s a massive improvement compared to last year, although still a “failing grade” grins. As I competed in the Paratriathlete Division and was again the only para-athlete, I came in 1st by default.
I would like to take this time to thank Jonathan Blackley, who put in the time and effort to be able to guide me through the race, to act as my guide. Mike Coursen, who allowed me to use the CompuTrainers at Podium Multisport in Cornelius so I could train in cycling. Andrew Avery and Fred Bond, Lake Norman YMCA Master’s Swimming Coaches, who helped me improve efficiency in my swim stroke. Lindsey McDonald, a sign language interpreter who provided communication access during the race. And all the other YMCA staff and community members who supported me throughout my journey to this race.
It was also a pleasant surprise to find that my old vision teacher from Longwood Senior High School in Middle Island, Tara Rider, and her family came to support me as they recently moved down here.
Now it’s time to really get ready for IRONMAN Augusta 70.3 on September 25th!
The Bike Fund
In order to tackle yesterday’s race, I borrowed Jonathan’s parents’ tandem bike. As of this writing, I am now at 77% of my goal of $3,600 to purchase my own new tandem bike (as last year’s barely survived TRI Ballantyne). I still need $845 to make the purchase. If you can contribute, even a little, please consider going to my Athlete Development account page on the United States Association of Blind Athlete’s website here.