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Race Result

Racer: Bill Wheeler
Race: Half Full Olympic
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2011
Location: Columbia, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Male 45 - 49
Time: 3:13:25
Overall Place: 16
Age Group Place: 3
Comment: Cold but Nice!

Race Report:

Go Team Fight and UCF!
We FIGHT because there are over 70,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer each year.
We FIGHT because survival rates have NOT increased for young adults in over 35 years.
We FIGHT because we want to raise awareness.
We FIGHT because we care and want to make a difference.
We FIGHT because it make no sense that people like Heather and their families should ever have to battle cancer!

Enough can't ever be said for what UCF and Team Fight are doing to help young adults with cancer. I'm so glad to be a part of it with Team Fight.

Thanks to all the volunteers for the countless hours they put into this race to make it a special event.

Cold: I volunteered in the transition area on Saturday. It was cold and the word was that Sunday would be even colder. After a long day I was finally able to get my bike racked in transition just before 7:00 PM. Went home and had half a large pizza and a beer for dinner.

Race Morning: No breakfast, still full from the pizza dinner. Half a pot of coffee was all I needed to wake me up an set me right. Walking in the dark to transition I walked directly into a pole in the parking lot. OUCH! No significant damage.

I decided to do with race with no Garmin or Hrt Mon. I was just going to do whatever felt good, whatever was working. I really wanted to spend more time just thinking and racing in memory of Heather…No distractions…

I was so glad to get in the water. 64 F felt more like 80 compared to the air temp. No issues on the swim, slow but that was expected. Cramming in swim time 1 month out is not such a great idea. ;-) I was dreading getting out of the water.

Took a lot of time in T1 to dry off, put on socks, tights and a jacket. That was time well spent. I didn’t get warm until about half way through the bike. It was joy to just ride, no pressure, no worries. Before I new it I was back on 108 heading towards T2. Legs felt great not hint of fatigue.

T2 much quicker that T1. Stripped off the tights, jacket and put on the running shoes and got the hell out of dodge. Was a lonely run for the most part, passed a few folks and got past by someone in green running what looked like low 6s! He had to be a relay!

Thank for cheering me on Al-D!

Finished up in 16 place and 3rd in my age group.

Prayers and well wishes for Heather’s family and friends.

Thank you Ulman Cancer Fund and Team Fight for making this race possible.

Brian, Brock, Rachel, Katrina, Kristen, Mike Lombardo…You all are incredible!!!

This is THE best Tri ever conceived!