Monday, July 21, 2008

Suzuki Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race

Sunday, I got to step out from behind the lens and participate in Suzuki Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race . It consisted of three separate physical events, a two-mile kayak paddle down the Allegheny River, a 20K bicycle course and a 3.2 mile run.

The first leg of the race I felt as though I was competing with my Kayak, as it had a mind of its own. With each paddle I made it became a struggle to rip through the water within the course. Perhaps more than one experience in a kayak would have better prepared me.

The bike course consisted of 12-miles, being six miles up a steady incline and the remaining downhill. I was excited early on as I began passing contestants.I was so focused on the finish line that I failed to realize that my shoes were still clipped into the pedals. I dismounted my bike by falling onto the pavement. This is not highly recommended.

Moving on to the third and final segment was a 3.2 mile run. Ah, my favorite-this was definitely my event! Since I have been running the majority of my adult life from bad decisions, bill collectors and relationships, I felt as thought I would excel (just kidding). Seriously, I am a seasoned runner and love running. However, my legs felt as though I had sandbags strapped to my thighs and my knee was hurting from my earlier fall. All I could think of was crossing the finish line without collapsing.

My stroll across the finish line was thrilling. Not too often do I ever get to experience events in front of the lens. Although, I would have been just as thrilled to photograph, because it is hard to complete with capturing an image, but to participate was just as exciting. I finished in 2 hours and 11 minutes. And Yes, I am looking forward participating in another adventurous race.

I will be out of the office recuperating until Friday. Stop back for more exciting images that I will be uploading soon.

The photo above is participant, Jeff Verszyla and I before the race.


Mike Jones said...

Way to go, Celeste. Sounds like you had quite an adventure.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Pretty neat. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic ! what an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing your experience!! It felt like I was along for the adventure. Do it again for those of us who can't and make sure your feet aren't clipped on the pedal when you want to get off the bike. You go girl!!

Anonymous said...

Well, that was fun! First time I checked through the blogger. I enjoyed seeing a picture of you (as well as the ones you took). I love your caring heart!