Fine Tuning for the First Time

by klassman

Four days from now will be the first triathlon of the season. It is the “tune up” for the big race of the season — coming eight weeks before Ironman Lake Placid.

I’m excited. After six years of triathlons, there are many firsts involved.

This is the first time the whole tribe will be there for a race.

This is the first triathlon that Dana has ever done — and the first time we’ve raced together.

This is the first time I’ll ride with a disc on the back — courtesy of the aerojacket from

This is the first time I’ll race with an aero helmet — on loan from friend, colleague and 5X Ironman Aaron.

This is the first time Raleigh has hosted the race and the first time I’ve done a WTC branded Half Ironman.

First time that I’m going with Bonk Breaker and the first time that I’ll start the race with a plan to run agressively.

This will be the first time I race at a weight that is at the high end of what is reasonable for an amateur who wants to climb well. I’ll start Sunday morning between 180-185 which is twenty pounds more than a cyclist of my height and about 15-20 pounds less than the last time I did a HIM.