How does the saying go? "If at first you don't succeed, try try again!"
In this case, it was the 7th attempt at capturing a SUPERFROG Triathlon title and one of the most unique awards in the sport - a paddle!
We assembled a superb group of athletes including swimmer Kosuke Amano (2nd out of water), Okwaro Raura (1st overall runner) and me (1st off the bike) and we delivered the goods on Sunday.
Once Kosuke exited the 1.2-mile swim only seconds off the lead swimmers pace, I pushed as hard as possible over the flat and fast 56-mile bike and gave Okwaro a lead he really didn't need as he capped off the 13.1-mile run in a blistering 1:15! We even managed to impress Portos, Kosuke's new wonder dog, who approved of our course record 3:45 time.
Two high-fives on the day go out to men's overall winner Joszef Major. Joszef and I had a duel back in 2011 where I held the lead until Mile 11 of the run when the fleet-footed Hungarian sped away to the win. This year, he beat a class field and earned his second win on this tough course.
Second high-five to Kevin "DJ Oso Grande" McGuire who finished his first half-Ironman as part of his journey towards Ironman Arizona in November. DJ Oso crushed it on his Mavic CXR 60/80 wheel set and will be rocking the sound system at our upcoming October 25-26 Fearless Races!
Next up for me is a 112-mile time-trial of the Ironman Hawaii bike course with Mavic and Triathlete Tech Editor, Aaron Hersh. I'll have a tracking device on me during the ride so tune in to Triathlete's website to follow the ride along the Queen K Highway on Wednesday, October 9th.