I rarely do actual
races and this wasn't a legit race. My cousin's husband (henceforth cousin-in-law or CIL) is turning 40, so he decided to do a 40k run, 4k (40x100m) swim, and 40k bike. He made an informal event of it and had various family and friends join him for parts of the race. I ended up being the only taker for the first leg of the run, which was somewhere between 15 and 15.5 miles. We headed out at 5:10am and arrived at the pool just before 8am. That first portion of the run went surprisingly well and we had great weather. We started slow but had a couple of fast miles near the end of the run and I was definitely feeling it by the last mile. I haven't actually run with
anyone in ages, and our 2:45 or so was definitely the longest I've spent just chatting with CIL and it was very enjoyable.
CIL's family met us at the pool. There were some issues getting into the pool, as no one was there at the time they were supposed to open, so he got into the pool about 8:15 and did the swim in right about an hour. 4k was 160 laps and his wife swam 40 laps. His 8-year-old daughter swam 24 laps and his 4-year-old was swimming as well! After the swim I got a ride back to CIL's house with his family while CIL took off with three running friends for a 6-mile run back home. I think they made pretty good time on the run and got back to the house then started another 3-mile loop with CIL's dad and a couple of the running friends. CIL's dad is not in great shape, but he's been training hard to try to run 3 miles, so they did a slow 3 miles and survived.
CIL then headed out for the bike portion with a couple of friends. I think they said they ended up averaging 16mph, so not too bad if you consider that CIL wasn't doing any bricks and really hadn't been training on the bike at all. With transitions and all, he ended up finishing in right at 8 hours and had fried chicken and beer waiting for him at the finish.
but all-in-all it was a very fun day.