The Ironman is one of the mega races out of there. With 2.4 Miles swimming, 112 miles of biking, and 26.2 miles (same as a full marathon) of running it is definitely a trial of endurance of almost unequal proportions. I am up to that race right?!
Umm… Not!!! Thank goodness my stake has me covered. Since I am not quite ready for an Ironman they have invented the Tinman race.
The Tinman consists of a 150 m swim, a 5 K foot race, and a 10 mile bike race. It isn’t as daunting as an Ironman but it still made me nervous. Not ready for the swim I opted to do just the foot race and the bike race portions. I was very confident in my ability to finish the 5K race. I wasn’t too sure how I would do on the biking portion.
Most people drove their bike in, but I don’t have a bike rack for my car so I rode my bike in from my house. Not the best way to start a race, but being the amateur I am I decided to just go all out and make the best of it. The 5K portion went very well. I finished the 5K race in 23:19, a 7:53 pace. It was the fastest ever 5K for me. Coming out of the 5K however I was a bit winded. My bike is a mountain man bike, I got passed by a lot of other racers on very fancy street bikes. Even so I managed to finish both sections in 1 hr and 3 minutes (I will update later with official times).
Overall, I enjoyed the race. Doing something different is always fun and best of all the race was totally free! Actually the shirt cost me $4, but $4 dollars for a t-shirt is really cheap! I enjoyed being part of this local race and I think next year I will try and do all three events.