Sunday, July 5, 2015

Triathlon'ing on the Russian River

Ferrell and I made a late decision - to do the Vineman Monte Rio Olympic Triathlon, at the funky little town of Monte Rio on the lower Russian River, on May 31, 2015. I was immediately intrigued - with many fond childhood memories at my grandfather's cabin built on the River just a few miles upstream. So I was "in". Alas, the race was already filled by the time I decided, although I hoped to get in on late cancellations at check-in the afternoon before the race. The swim was the problem - the river was very low, and the swim start required a 100 yard slog through shallow rocky water to the start, and 200 yards of barefoot slogging on the same rocks before exiting the river. I decided to skip the swim and just do the bike and run. Thanks to my cousin, Rick and I were able to stay at the cabin, and I had a very memorable weekend. The run, however, for me was a disaster. Strong left hip pain forced me to walk a good deal of it, The whole story's here.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Wildflower Triathlon

Ferrell's "retiring" (maybe really true this time?) and going out with 8 triathlons this year. So I said I'd join him. So far, I've joined him for the Wildflower (run only for me), The Vineman Monte Rio (bike and run only for me), and the California International Tri this past Sunday. I've been nagged by left psoas trouble most of the spring, and falling behind on my running pace. But still have plenty of adventures I've not reported. Here's a page for the Wildflower Tri