The past couple weeks have been busy with training and the start of The Triathlon Season. I competed in the Ohio Police And Fire Games Triathlon Event and placed 1st overall, winning the gold medal and breaking the record by 23 minutes. I competed in The HFP Racing Olympic Triathlon at Maumee Bay State Park Sunday June 16th. I finished in 2hr. 31 minutes, 11 minutes faster than my previous time last year. My swim time was a bit slow at 31 minutes for 1500m, but did well cycling at a 23 MPH average.
I am running the Stein Hospice 5k Run on June 29th in Full Fire Gear and Air pack with 5-10 other firefighters. I have my first Ironman Triathlon upcoming on July 13th. Ironman Muncie will be a very hot weather Triathlon, and my first time competing in this event. I just started kicking up my daily training to about 3 hours a day. Cycling 50 miles and swimming 1 1/2 miles. I started the Turnout Challenge Foundation to benefit The National Firefighters Endowment. www.turnoutchallenge.com is where any direct donation can be made.
I joined The First Due Triathlon Team with 5 other area police and firefighters to help benefit my foundation. We will be competing in some area endurance events and triathlons to raise awareness for heart disease and the need for physical fitness for public safety employees. I am still well short of my 2,500 dollar fundraising goal for The September REV3 and currently seeking out sponsors.
I changed up my Triathlon Schedule this year a bit and even got my lovely wife Amy into competing in Triathlons and Duathlons with me. The REV3 Race Director offered me a great opportunity to get other Police and Firefighters involved in September at Cedar Point. All public safety employees who wish to compete in The Sprint Distance REV3 Triathlon on September 7th will be given free entry. Anyone public safety employees interested, need to contact me at Perkins Fire Station #2.