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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Binbrook Triathlon: Give-It-A-Tri!

I've signed up for the Binbrook Triathlon Give-it-A-Tri.

The Give-It-A-Tri is for people who have never done a triathlon to get out there and try it. The distances are all short enough that most people can do it with minimal training, and you get the experience of doing the swim-to-bike transition and the bike-to-run transition.

It's special for me because it happens to be on Father's Day! My kids (5, 4, and 10 months) have never come to any of my events, mostly because they're long and you don't see much at most of them. Bikes go by and you have 2 hours to kill, that kind of thing. But with the try-a-tri, you start near the transition area, then you come back before the bike, again before the run, and then finish there. I'll be passing through there every 15-20 minutes or so, and there will be plenty of other action between. So lots to see and do, I'll have a great "Go Daddy Go" cheering squad!

Although I'm a bit sick of answer the question "are you going to win?"

Not a chance. But just being out there and finishing is a bit of a victory.

The distances:

400m swim
10K bike
2.5K run


The swim is a big unknown for me, I haven't swam in a lake since I was a kid, and I was more playing in the water than really swimming! I'm guessing my pace will be about 3:00/100m, hopefully faster, for a finishing time of around 12:00.


I can bang out a 30km/h average over 60K, so anything slower than that would be disappointing! I don't know the course, but I'm going to hammer through this one...


It's really short, but maybe I'll be a bit tired by then. I also read that the course includes trails and such, so it's not a straightforward road run. Tough to set a goal, other than to finish strong!

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