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Trailblazer Sprint Triathlon

Posted Jun 22 2010 1:34pm
I am a long time fan of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. And this year, like many, if not most, has been a bit trying for this fan. They loose three or four games in a row, and then win one or two. Those wins raise my hopes and spirits, and then the team repeats the loosing cycle.

The spring weather in this part of the world has replicated my Mariners season so far. We have been deluged with rain, and then every few days a bit of magnificent sunshine and clear skies will appear, leading us to believe that the wetness is gone and pleasant weather has returned, only to wake up the next day to a steady down pour.

Luckily this past Saturday was an exceptional weather day with temps in the 70s and clear blue skies. It was a terrific day for the 27th annual Trailblazer Triathlon in Medical Lake, WA and local triathletes were out in force for this sprint tri consisting of a 400 yard swim, 12 mile bike and 3.4 mile run.

The Trailblazer Triathlon is a low key, very economical affair (with a $35 entry fee). Check in involves getting a race number written on top of the left hand and then heading off to wait for the start.

The swim is from one side of Medical Lake to the other.

Racers can either swim across to the start on the other side, or jump in the back of a pickup truck for a short ride to the start.

I chose to swim across for a warm up prior to the race start.

And while I have no idea concerning my swim time, I did seem to finish with a large number of swimmers still in the water behind me, so I take that as a good thing.

Once we come out of the water the bike route is fast and well marked. And while I am still not happy with my low wattage output I did manage to average 21.5 mph.

The run takes us on a single loop around the lake which can be a pleasant, scenic enough run when one is not racing. I did find myself a bit tuckered out as I approached the finish line.

It looks like I am pulling up my drawers a bit to keep my belly from poking out at the start of the run. It also appears that my botox injections need a recharge.

However, it was truly a magnificent day for a race, and I think I shall return next year.

P.S. A big thank you goes to Jessi Thompson who graciously shared her photos and immense photography talents with me.

As always, thank you very much for visiting.
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