The 2019 Black Squirrel Triathlon Race Report

I traveled back to Omaha in August after my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. My sister works for me, and I was going to fill in for her for a couple weeks doing the face to face work.


During the first week, my Mom told me that the Black Squirrel Triathlon was happening that weekend. I had brought my bike and running shoes, and decided to sign up three days before the race.

Black Squirrel Triathlon – August 18th, 2019

SWIM – 750 Yards –  14:28 – 1:55/100 Yards –  24th of 198

The swim was an out and back in Lake Manawa. It’d been 3 years since I’d done a mass swim start, but I found the physicality of it to be refreshing. One guy kept trying to swim over the top of me, so I gave him a nice kick to put an end to that.


T1 – 2:06 – 87th of 198

My transitions could use some practice…

BIKE – 12.7 Miles – 36:56 – 20.1 MPH –  20th of 198

The bike course was two loops around the lake. Pancake flat. I tried to put down some power, but nothing happened. This course reminded me of the bike workouts that the Team Nebraska Triathlon did around Lake Manawa. I remember being able to complete these loops a lot faster back then.


T2 – 1:53 – 161st of 198 

161st out of 198…geesh…my tea party must have taken a long time

RUN –  21:45 – 7:00 min/mile – 10th of 198

The lack of power on the bike translated to fresh legs on the run. I had no idea what pace I could run, so I went out at a decent clip and tried to hold on, resulting in a negative split for the 5k.


OVERALL – 1:17:06 – 15th of 198

I was surprised to find out I won my age group. Apparently all the fast 30-35-year-olds stayed home. You must be present to win. I qualified for Age Group Nationals which is being held in Milwaukee in 2020.

This race was a blast! I’ll definitely do more ‘shorter’ triathlons in the future.



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