Triathlons

2018

The big race of the year was that I finished the Steelhead Ironman 70.3! 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run. Lake Michigan had a 2-3’ chop, which made for a challenging swim, and by the time I got to the run, it was effectively 90 degrees, full sun and little breeze. so finishing was an accomplishment!. 


   finishing the run - almost to the finish line!

runing in the heat - slowly. 

still biking

biking - stronger at first. 

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Finished Grand Haven Triathlon - first in my age group!

finished the Grand Rapids Triathlon, June, 2018



Finished Bear Lake Olympic Triathlon - and first in my age group! the only one in my age group, but it still counts. 

Finished the 25K at the Grand Rapids River Run, 6/2018. I havn’t run that far in a lot of years!


2017

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The big race of the year - finished a 70.3 Ironman Triathlon at Michigan Titanium in Grand Rapids 08/20.

and my support staff running across the line with me! actually finished in 8 hours 10 mintues, the clock shows 9 because the full length group went out an hour earlier. ________________________

July 30, 2017. Did the Coast Guard City Century Tour in Grand Haven - a 100 mile bike ride, starting in Grand Haven, going north up to Muskegon, east over to Allendale, south down to Holland, and then back up to Grand Haven. A LONG ride - I have never ridden that far before. I’d done a 60 mile ride, and didn’t think it would be that different, but at about 65 miles my legs began to protest. Before the race, I was looking at the group of about 80-100 people, all in bike spandex, and concluded that I’m going to be at the end of the pack - and I was. But it was a beautiful day for a ride, sunny with a cool breeze. I finished in 8 hours, 15 minutes, and everyone had gone home by then! So I didn’t get any pictures (again). 

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I signed up for the Grand Haven Triathlon on July 9th, but it was cancelled. Grand Haven had a huge storm a few days before, and the bike course was unusable. Since I had paid for a hotel, I went to Grand Haven, swam a mile in Lake Michigan and then ran 12 miles - my own mini-triathlon. 

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Finished the Grand Rapids Olympic Triathlon in Ada on June 11th. Don’t have any pictures - the triathlon is about a mile from parking, so family went shopping instead of stand in the sun, and I didn’t seem to be photogentic enough that the course photographers took any pictures of me. Was 3rd in my age group! Was a really nice swim and bike, but was in the 80’s by the time for the run. I kept putting ice under my hat, which helped a lot, but may explain why they didn’t take any pictures of me. 

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Finshed the Bear Lake Park Triathlon in Muskegon, 05/28/17 - did the Olympic Length. That was a hard one! Still hadn’t recovered from the 51 mile bike ride the week before. Got a medal for 1st in my age group - I was the only one in my age group, but that just the small print. 

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Finishing up the Zoo de Mac, May, 2017. A 51 mile bike from Boyne Highlands to Mackinaw City - the first 25 miles wasn’t bad (very pretty, actually) but the remaining 26 miles were into a headwind of 15-20 MPH. 

Running in the Grand Rapids River Run, May, 2017 - a group of us ran the 10K. 


2016

Before the start of the Grand Rapids Zombie run a 5K where we were chased by Zombies. the white strips on our pants were our ‘lives’ - if the zombies got all 3, bad. I lost 2 of mine - those zombies were fast!

Heather and I running the Detroit 1/2 marathon - this is just coming out of the tunnel back into the US. 

Finishing at the Lansing River Run 1/2 Marathon - I don’t think I was quite as tired as I look

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Heather and I finishing at Reeds Lake Sprint Triathlon. It was Heather’s first triathlon, and her bike wasn’t working right - she had only a low and a high gear, which made for a long bike ride. But we finished!

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My trophy from the Michigan Titanium Triathlon - which looks a lot better than it actually was: I was 2nd in my age group (65+) out of the 3 of us doing the Olympic distance, but it still looks nice! 

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After the Mercy Health Tour de Rapids: from left to right, me, Kristen Vandyke, Heather Wallace, Liam Wallace, and Tim Johnson. Liam, Tim and I did the 60 mile ride, Heather and Kristen did the 10 mile ride. The first 2 hours of the ride was rain and a headwind, which finally stopped and the sun came out as we finished. It was a great experience, the longest bike ride I’ve done. 

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Finishing the 26 mile bike at the Millennium (MilTri) Triathlon in Grand Rapids. Did finish 2nd in my age group, but there were only 2 in my age group. 

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July, 2016 - we finished the Insane Inflatable 5K, climbing over stuff in the rain - it was fun!

Heather, me, Holly & Bella (clockwise from the top left)

2015

Finishing Island Lake Fall Triathlon, Sept, 2015 - I did the Olympic length, and it was 85-90 degrees with 85-90 percent humidity - the run was brutal. I took second place, but there were only 2 in my age group.  There are some advantages to getting older. 


Finishing the Grand Haven Triathlon - did an Olympic length (1500M swimm 40K bike, 10K run) for the first time. The water in lake Michigan was about 55 degrees and I didn’t have a wet suit, a poor choice. But it was fun!


2014

Finishing the bike part of the Ada sprint triathlon, May, 2014. 

GR Tri - done bicycling picture cropped


This is me, August 2013, after completing the mud run in Grand Rapids. It was fun! 



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