Everyone thinks triathlon is a sport made of three sports: swimming, biking and running. But after my results were posted for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon held in September in Zuma Beach, I was rudely reminded that triathlon is actually four sports.
"A seven-minute transition! Are you an idiot?" screamed half a dozen emails from friends. "What'd you do, fall asleep?"
The fourth sport is the transition, and there are two of them in a triathlon: T1, the manic swim-to-bike switch between wetsuit and cycling gear, and the easier T2, bike-to-run. My slowpoke T1 time was 7:05, double the average and five minutes more than the best.
I had one of the worst...