Friday, July 22, 2011

He's Ironman Bound!

The Planner Guy, still on his quest to become Ironman Bob completed his third triathlon this weekend, The Flagstaff Mountain Man Sprint. 

Here he is securing his Kestrel in the Element the evening before the event.

And here he is with our friend Dave at the start of the first portion of the triathlon, the swim segment.  The swim is the toughest portion of the Bob's training. 

Like many triathletes, he struggles with open water swimming due to crowding at the start that results in getting kicked and knocked about by other swimmers and panic attacks brought on by cold water, often too murky to see the bottom.

Bob joined a master swim group last year though, and that's very much helped build his endurance and his confidence. Here's a few highlights from the day:

Bob at the staging area.

Transition from swim to bike.
View from the shore.
Re-entering staging area post bike.
Bob at the Finish!
As usual, Bob was less than pleased with his swim but felt he learned from lessons to carry into his August triathlon.  He felt much better about the bike and running segments, but still hopes to improve his times in all three portions. If you are interested in following his progress, check out his blog Ironman Question.

Mountain Man Bob!


Ben said...

very cool. i think about doing a triathlon one day. yet, i hardly float, and fear the swimming leg of the race!

Rachel said...

Woo Hoo!! Go Bob!

She Rides a Bike said...

Ben, Bob truly struggles mentally with the swim. Dark water, deep water, getting kicked in the head by other swimmers, cold, strong currents. I paddle along beside his for his practice swims so he can push himself and to be on the look-out for drunks operating speed boats.

inspiredcyclist said...

Congratulations to him! Very Impressive!

Sam said...

Strong! And impressive

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