Congratulations to Belinda Yamashiro
Belinda completed her first Olympic distance triathlon today
In the heat of the day, Belinda completed the Cal. International Triathlon in Pleasanton. She has completed a few sprint triathlons but this was her first at the Olympic distance. The event included a 1 mile swim through the churning lake waters from the thrashing of arms and legs of all the swimmers. Then it was on to a 26 mile bike ride through the town of Pleasanton and finally at the hottest part of the day a 10k (6.2 miles) run on a gravelly, hilly trail. Belinda completed the event in 4 hours and 17 minutes around 11:30 a.m. before some of us had finished ready the morning paper and having our coffee.
Belinda credits her fitness and confidence that she has gained with her training but says she needs to focus on running and hill training on the bike. Training is specific and Belinda plans on competing in a half Ironman in Tempe Arizona in October which will be hot and hilly.
Belinda says that the heat was a factor in todays race and she was not as hydrated as she should have been which sapped some of her strength and could have had devastating consequences. She advises those who are training or competing in the heat to start hydrating days before your event.
Belinda also advises all of us to get out and go for your dreams whatever they may be. One of the things that attracts her to Triathlons is that "you are on your own, no one can help you finish the race, which makes the feeling of accomplishment all the more sweeter. I will never win these races or even place in my age group, but that is not the point. It's all about finding how much I can push myself to do something I never thought I was capable of."