Today I ran the second annual Boats, Bike, and Bricks micro-triathlon for the second time (read about last year's run here). It was another great event organized by the Flint River Corridor Alliance.
This year was a bit different: I was slower. I could make all kinds of excuses, but they don't matter. It was a great time on a great course. This year it started in the now closed Mott Park Golf Course.
|In the sandtrap.|
|Returning to Port.|
|Running with my support team.|
The bike course was a nice way to showcase a recently finished part of the bike-pedestrian trail in Flint, ending with a mild climb that reminded me of the Alpe d'Huez. Maybe I was a bit tired by that point, but it was worth it. If I could change one piece of the ride, I would have had us come out onto Grand Traverse a bit further north so I could have stopped and had an espresso at Good Beans Cafe. I've always wanted to break in a bike race for an espresso.
In the end I finished in 1:02:17. I could have finished sooner if I were in better shape. It wasn't bad given that I wasn't even sure I was going to be able to compete because of a conflict. Maybe I'll even train for next year, but I doubt it. I do like the idea of using events like this to try and keep myself in shape. It almost made me want to try running the Crim, but I have a sink full of dishes that need washing. So I have no time to train.
I like that it's a non-competitive event. I think it makes it more fun. Only one person I saw didn't smile. He was too serious or maybe he thought smiling would make him less aerodynamic. I don't know.
Something else important, again, is that the boys had a good time and were talking about wanting to run their own race and wanting to run the race with my next year. It makes me happy to see them interested in these kinds of activities.
Now it's time to gear up for some good bike rides this summer.