I sat down recently and talked triathlon with Amanda Benedict. In 2005 Amanda finished her first Ironman distance race at Vineman with a time of 12:53:54. Amanda is very involved with the Triathlon Club of San Diego as she is the Club Liason, leads weekly club workouts and is the former newsletter editor.
On Sunday August 28th I raced Ironman Canada. IMC is one of 20 events around the world where you can qualify for the Hawaiian Ironman. My time was 10:43:21 and after racing all day I found myself winning a sprint finish and qualifying to race Hawaii by a mere 6 seconds. My age group (men 40-44) had the most participants (327 started) so we got the most slots for Hawaii (12). At the end of the day I finished 18th out of 290 in my age group. God blessed me as the 12th Hawaii slot dropped all the way down to me. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. I was very lucky on this day.
I had the chance to talk Ironman recently with Dennis Villavicencio, a new Tri Club member who qualified for Ironman Hawaii with his 9:59:33 performance at Ironman USA which placed him 5th out of 366 men in the 35-39 age group. Please join me as I get better acquainted with this unique guy.