Ledges To The Lake Adventure Triathlon
3.4 mile run, 2 mile kayak, and 9 mile bike.
Finish Time: 1:15:48
Overall Place 3rd Place
Division Place: 1st Place
Race Recap By Scott Orlando:
This was the 8th year for the Ledges To The Lake Adventure Triathlon and my 5th or 6th time competing in the race. The race starts with a 3.4 mile run around the lake on the paved trails and hard packed dirt trails. I found myself with the lead pack of runners which were mainly relay teams and a 3-4 solo runners. I was the 3rd or 4th solo racer into the kayak. My 19″3′ Stellar SR Multisport Surfski was a rocket ship compared to the slower shorter kayaks that most of the racers ahead of me were paddling. I quickly found myself passing all of the other solo racers and was the first solo kayak to reach the bike transition area. I didn’t realize at the start of the bike leg that I was currently in first place. I knew that there were racers ahead of me on the course but I didn’t know that they were all relay teams. A mile into the bike course I was passed be the eventual overall winner. A second racer passed me on the bike at mile 5. I tried to stay with them but both were just too fast on the bike. I was able to finish 3rd overall and beat my best race time (set a new course PR) by over 3 minutes. I believe this is my highest overall finish place in any triathlon I have competed in so far. The race officials only awarded 1st place overall and no 2nd or 3rd place overall so I received an award medal for finishing 1st my age division. All participants received long sleeve hooded t-shirts which were a fresh twist to the same old race swag. Cleveland Metroparks once again did a nice job organizing the race.