Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lightning Strikes

Our weather has been plain weird around here this year. We had our first 90+ degree day in April (of course the day of Duathlon Nationals!) and just had our second one last week. It's the beginning of August already and I'm still mowing the green grass like it's Spring....and I haven't put down my next round of fertilizer!

Saturday was a hot one and Lauren wanted to do some shopping at the Promenade with a friend so I took the kids to play in the fountains......an hour and a half and they LOVED it!

I had a race on Sunday, so I was worried about the heat. Calling for 30% chance of storms I figured we'd be OK, especially when I woke up at 3:30 to a booming storm, "great, that wipes out my 30%" I thought. Was excited to give my new bike a test, had just picked it up (in the rain) on Friday, rode 35 miles on it on Saturday and now had to get it all wet and dirty in the race :c(( Woke up, drove to the tri and registered....all in the rain. What's up with that, gotta stop soon. Well, next came the thunder and lightning which turned the tri into a du in a hurry. Now 2mi run / 38mi bike / 7mi run in the rain! I emailed Lauren to tell her not to bother with bringing the kids and coming up. The grass parking lot, transition and registration areas had turned to mud. Race went pretty well, rain let up until about 10 miles left in the bike when the skies opened up.....rain, thunder and lightning! Came off the bike in 4th and headed out to what is supposed to be my specialty, the run......well not today. I must admit, it was actually fun to run in the pouring rain, thunder and lighting as I splashed through the puddles, but my legs didn't think the rolling hills were too fun. Had solidly passed my way into 3rd when they started to revolt. Two miles to go and I was hurting...contemplating walking even. Then with less than a mile to go, a guy coming the other direction (out and back course) says "you better pick it up or "Speedo-man" is going to pass you. With that, "Speedo-man" speeds on by and I have nothing to respond with. Cross the finish line in pain in 4th only to find my awesome family there cheering me on in the pouring rain! They are awesome and it was so great to have them there. The kids loved splashing in the puddles and the mud (just as they did the day before at the fountain...accept today it was colder, darker and they weren't in bathing suits)! So my first crack at a longer distance event was painful, but as usual I'll be back!

Here's "SPEEDO-MAN" (you don't have too look)


  1. Okay first, I love that you posted a picture of "speedo man" on your blog! Second, congrats on 4th. I know you would have liked to beat him out, but you still did amazing! Can't wait to see pictures of the new bike - what did you end up getting? And that was awfully nice of Laurie and the kids to come support you! Way to go Chris! :)

  2. Hey, thanks. Not too often you see "speedoman" at an event near you (let alone get passed by him), so he's worth mentioning. I ended up w/ a Cannondale Slice, love it, but now my 303's look wimpy! I like your Flashpoints, are they 60's or 80's? I'll get some pics up. Have to figure out my "storage" issues, I may be purchasing a bento box?