Saturday, August 15, 2009

First (and likely last) Triathlon

Setting up my "Transition Area" before the race at 6am.

No, that's not Michael's me flailing for dear life.

The bike portion was probably the only section I could actually say I "enjoyed". Toughest hills I have ever encountered. A road bike would have been a better choice over my hybrid.


I just participated in a Triathlon down near Springfield, Missouri today. It was classified as a "sprint" tri, and now I know why- skinny people can sprint. Me on the other hand...well..I finished strong.
It started with a 300-yard swim, followed with a wicked hilly 12.4 mile bike ride, and ended with a 5K (3.1 miles) road race. It took me 1 hour and 41 minutes to finish, not too great, but an accomplishment for me. I'm built more like a linebacker than Lance Armstrong.
I started training about 2 months ago after our Katy Trail adventure, the bike and running anyways. I couldn't get out to swim too much. I can't say I ever wanted to run a triathlon but I needed a goal to motivate me to keep exercising and eat less this summer, so that's why I did it. I learned a lot by participating, specifically: I am a very slow swimmer, I am just an average bicyclist, and a turtle of a runner. All good things to know!
I am glad I did this. I gained some insights that would help me do it faster if I choose to do it again (like not taking so long during the transitions, that really hurts your time...also, I'd use my road bike instead of the hybrid...wouldn't hurt to be at least 20 pounds lighter), but if you ask me right now, I'm retired.


Qayaq said...

Congratulations! Don't get discouraged. A lot of the people participating in those have been athletes since high school and they are obsessed with winning and train like crazy. People like us mostly do it for fun. When I was doing those I just liked being in that good of shape.
Spend some time over the winter working on swimming and running and get some books on how to do them, techniques and training.
I am going to do some swimming and running this winter and see if I can get in good enough shape to do some next year. I found that i liked the duathlon's better, no swimming. I can swim just fine just not fast at all.
Remember, do it for the fun and the health and mental benefits. You are not going to win so don't worry about it.

Reepicheep said...

Your exactly right Erick. Thanks.

Rick Calohan said...

Well it appears that your race came in threes, and you finished the race Praise God! I did notice from the photos that on your upper left arm appears to be a tattoo of a cross, was this a youthful indiscretion or a declaration of faith? Obviously you were not concerned about being buried in the holy of holies. ; )

Of the 613 commandments of the Jewish Law and their source in scripture, as enumerated by Maimonides (1135–1204) in his Sefer Hamitzvot ("Book of Commandments")

The Pharisees would have found you in violation of #72. Not to tattoo the skin.

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28

Praise God that Salvation is by Grace Alone, by Faith Alone, in Christ Alone!

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. ~ Galatians 2:20-21.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked for us. (Hebrews 12:1)

jeff said...

Congratulations! That is an awesome accomplishment!

Reepicheep said...

It was a youthful discretion...

Leviticus 19:26-31 deals with pagan practices and God's prohibitions against adopting those practices. In verse 28, God is warning the Jewish people about a pagan practice at funerals, where pagans would mutilate/mark themselves to appease their false gods. The pagans hoped that by cutting themselves and marking images/symbols of idols on their bodies, that they would obtain favour in the afterlife from their false gods, both for themselves and for those who just died.

But know what I think of Pharisees.

Qayaq said...

Just curious if your were just kidding or if are you a Theonomist? or if you really take Jewish law that seriously?

Frontier Forest said...

You mean to tell us that you intentionally drove all the way to Springfield MO to do such a torturous thing to your body? Have to confess, I was much more inspired to hear the “Demolition Derby” story than to hear about you abusing your body in such a way. I got a kick out of looking around at the congregation, taking in some of the facial expressing when you made the humorous comments about “interesting smells” and the diversity of people you witnessed at the Demolition Derby.

Rick Calohan said...

I am
A) Just Kidding
B) I am not a "Theonomist.” However, I do recognize that there are 613 commandments and not just ten which legalists who believe they are justified by their works and not faith alone seem to forget.
C) I believe the only church that in my view adheres to the “Theonomist” approach in Christianity is the Seven Day Adventists.
D) Regardless of when, how, or why Tony got his tattoo was mere curiosity and does not affect my view of his Christianity or his preaching the Gospel which he does so well by the Grace of God. That is why at Redeemer we are providentially blessed to have him in the pulpit.

Remember in the words of the Apostle Paul

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.


Galatians 2:20-21. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Zach said...

Good job, Tony, although the more I read this blog, the fatter and lazier I feel. All this exercise and vegetable-eatin'. Sheesh!

But seriously, how does one find out about these events? They look fun in a very sick sort of way.

Frontier Forest said...

Just looking you over, in that first pic, if you get any thinner, you're going to blow away.