Mike Dotson Omnium

Oak Ridge Velo Road Race, TT and Trideltathon 

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What a weekend of Firsts!  First official cycling race out in Oak Ridge, and what an eye-opening experience.  First time riding with a pack all bunched together at much higher speeds, and feeling the yo-yo effect near the back end.  First time getting left in the dust on a moderate climb like I’d never ridden a bicycle before.  I am pleased with the road racing experience and will definitely come back for more.

First participation in a time trial the same afternoon as a road race.  First day spent at a cycling event with teammates and friends.  Thank you Bike N’ Tri and Podium Sports Medicine for the encouragement, support, and friendly faces.

Sunday was filled with more Firsts.  First Triathlon of the 2018 season.  First time in the pool since October (oops).  First triathlon immediately following a day of cycle racing.  First triathlon where the run was longer than the bike (thank you inclement weather).  

 First races with friends by my side for most of the course.  Such an encouragement and joy to be able to ride and race pedal by pedal and step by step with teammates.  That is what made the difference for me this weekend, and that is why I encourage others to join in the endurance sport community.  Oh yeah, and the final first…..First Place Male Age Group 30-34.

Mike D