Las Vegas Amica 19.7 Olympic Triathlon

on Sat, 08/03/2013 - 01:59

This was my first Olympic distance triathlon. I gotta say it was an amazing experience and great location. I have to admit that once i got to my transition area i was a bit shook because of how small this event was. I've done sprint triathlon in which there's over a few thousand people participating. In just the Olympic triathlon, there were 63 participants. I placed 61!! The volunteers, participants, and spectators during this event were nothing but awesome. I ended up finishing the last 2 miles with a participant who started cramping up and could not go any faster. We pushed each other to finish strong.

It took place at Lake Mead in Las Vegas. Same water area as Hoover Dam. Was able to site see Hoover Dam the day before during packet pick up. Definitley a race i'll be participating in next year.

Setting up transition

Getting ready to start

Waiting for the race to start. Water was at about 72 degrees

Did not know there was a difference between fresh water vs. salt water buoyancy. I may need a wetsuit at my next lake swim/tri. It was hard keeping my legs up through the swim.

1 mile swim complete

Transition 1: Swim to bike. Pros/Elites have their cleats clicked on to their pedals and strap on their cleats once they start pedaling. I’m not there yet.

Finishing the 24 mile bike ride

Finishing the 6.2 mile run with a competitor I met in the last 2 miles. We agreed to run the last 2 miles together, to help pace each other.

Finish LIne!

Completed the Olympic Triathlon in 3 hours and 30 minutes: 1mile swim, 24 mile bike, 6.2 mile run at Lake Vegas.

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