The Year I Became A Triathlete

2010 began my second year of competitive running. My goals for the year were to complete the USATF New England Mountain Running Circuit and to make my debut in the world of multisport. I discovered a friendly group of people to train with at Triumph Triathlon of Boston. They are a wonderful community of athletes from newbies to experts.

Mountain Running

The season started off great…. At the Wachusett Mountain Race, I managed to take 7min 21sec off my time from the previous year. Followed by my first 10 mile race at Pack Monadnock.

On June 13th I competed in my very first duathlon, taking home a 1st place overall finish. It was a small race called The Great Duathlon, put on by the local Boys and Girls Club. My partner Heather also competed in this event. Although it was her 2nd duathlon…. this time she was 6 months pregnant.

Two weeks later I returned to the mountain circuit to what I consider one of the hardest races in the series…. the Cranmore Hill Climb. Even with the challenge of a 2262 ft. elevation gain in 7.12 miles, I took 9min 45sec off my time from 2009. Little did I know that would be the last mountain race for me in 2010. The day before the next event at Loon Mountain, I sustained a severe sprain to my first metatarsal on my right foot. Not only was I bummed out…. now I was worried about whether or not I was going to be able to run in my first triathlon in just 2 weeks. I took it easy, sticking mostly to swimming, until the race.

Massachusetts State Triathlon

Race day came and I felt like crap. My foot had almost fully recovered. It was pre-race jitters and lack sleep from the night before…. but nothing was going to stop me. It was a well run race put on by Max Performance. I had a lot of fun despite some nagging foot pain by the end of the run. I finished with a time of 1:19:16 placing 30th overall and 4th in my age group.

Westborough Sprint Triathlon

One month later I competed in my 2nd triathlon. The Westborough Sprint Triathlon put on by Sun Multisport. This was another well organized race… and I’m looking forward to doing it again in 2011. This time I felt great. My Swim times had been improving, I was doing more training on the bike, and my foot was in great shape. The weather was perfect and I was ready to race. The .25 mile swim was pretty chaotic, but I was happy with my time. The bike and the run went perfect. I was very happy with a 20.7 mph avg on the 14 mile course, and the couple guys that managed to pass me…. I picked back off on the run.

The rest of the year I spent mostly running, picking up 4 new PRs and mentally preparing myself for a great 2011 season. My new son Liam was born in September. He joined me in his stroller for my last race of the year, at the Ric Buxton Memorial 5k. We finished 12th overall with a time of 21:11.

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