So my blog is quickly becoming a running blog! ¬†Hope you don’t mind ūüôā ¬†In my latest sporting endeavor, I ventured into the world of Triathlons. ¬†Those involve a swim, a cycle and a run. ¬† The one I participated in is called the MercuryMan. ¬†It is a “Half-Ironman” format that involves the following:

– A 1.2 mile swim (1.9km)

– A 56-mile cycle (90km)

– A 13.1mile run (21.1km – a half Marathon)

Needless to see, a lot of exercise. I did not do all 3, I was in a team where each team member did 1 of the 3 events.   I did the run.  Some courageous souls do all 3. Impressive.

There is only one problem with doing the run, one that I foolishly did not foresee: The run is last … which by the time you start running, its REALLY hot even in the Cayman winter.

Ok, so here goes.  (note: some of these pics are not mine.  Thanks to my friend Claire, one of the organizers)

A lovely morning for a race.  The race started/ended at the Reef Resort in the East End.  I love that area of the island and it was definitely an extra incentive for me to sign up.

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Here the swimmers are getting ready to start the event.  Start time was just after sunrise at 7:15am.

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Once the swimmers are done, they either jump onto their bike or pass the “chip” (timing device) to a teammate who does the second part. ¬†There were definitely some very serious athletes. Look at this guy with his fancy helmet & all.

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Meanwhile, while my teammate was out doing the 90km cycle, I was getting ready to do my part. Since it was by my estimates 33 degrees (+-91) with zero cloud cover by the time I got to run, I was glad I had a white hat & shirt. Not that it helped all that much.  Truth be told, it was the most difficult run I have ever done, but still was a lot of fun.   Once I was 1/2 through the run, I slowed down at every second water stop and took the time to completely drink the cup of water or Gatorade; I needed it. Also, they had sponges with cold water so that was nice.   The volunteers at the water stops were great and cheered us on.

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Here is my buddy Craig finishing his 21.1km run … looks like it was tough out there Craig! ūüėČ

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The run route is as below.  We did 3x that loop.  So +-7km, 3 times. Mentally I divided the race up into 6 which I think helped me.

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With my teammates Davison (Cycle – center) & Tim (Swim – right). ¬†Good job guys. ¬†We did well, had fun and no one got hurt. ¬†We finished 1st corporate team. ¬†We were the only corporate team … but who cares right?

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Considering the heat, the medal we got was completely relevant!

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So I loved my 1st Triathlon experience. I honestly have no intention of doing the other 2 activities¬†though.¬†¬†I’d have to buy a bike first and also learn how to swim fast ; diving does not require that! ¬†Very well organized activity, at the lovely East End. ¬†Cant go wrong.