Posted by FLATOUT JIM in race report
Alas, the afore mentioned update, but first a quiz. What is 10 degrees Celsius?
Answer, In the United States, its 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It will cause Hypothermia to set in and cause unconsciousness in 30 to 60 minutes. It is cold enough to cancel the swim portion of the 2011 Paradise Tri
So that turned the 2011 event from a triathlon to a duathlon. I was torn, because I hate duathlons. I’d much refer the swim. It’s the least weak of my 3 sports. But the prospect of swimming in water causing numbing extremities, and searing pain in my ears was not worth it, so the announcement was somewhat of welcome relief.
Until early in the first 5k lap, when my left calf proceeded to tighten up to the point that I could barely hobble back to transition. I decided to give the bike a go, and see if it would loosen up, but the foggy drizzly cold conditions meant that the further I rode, and the colder my feet got, the stiffer my calf became.
So after the first of 2 laps of the bike course, I decided to finish the ride, then pull out. After 10 years of racing, triathlons, running races, and cycling time trials, I would get my first DNF.
The upside, I am feeling ok today, and may not miss any training other than my regular recovery period. The downside, it’s my first ever DNF.
Anyone interested can check out the results here.