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Race Result

Racer: Dan Frost
Race: Reston Triathlon
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2005
Location: Reston, VA
Race Type: Triathlon - International Distance
Age Group: Male 35 - 39
Time: 2:03:13
Overall Place: 6 / 508
Age Group Place: 2 / 78
Comment: Aloha and Goodbye

Race Report:

O.K. Y’all were there, so no need to reiterate that the long-running Reston Triathlon scores fairly well on the Cost-Benefit Analysis. I won’t waste your time to tell you about how pleasant the weather was that day. Nor will I revisit the tales of registration woes…well, not my registration woes.

And although this race report is all about ME, I won’t labor you with the all-too familiar story about how I blasted to the front (of the “chase” behind stv and Mike Orton) early in the bike ride, only to be run down by talented runners.

But, I will take a brief moment, if you’ll graciously allow, to say a heartfelt farewell. The 2005 Reston Triathlon was my last opportunity to see many of you. While I’m planning on making a cameo appearance at this Saturday’s RATS ride, and I’ll share one more Hawaii Ironman experience with three fellow RATS, the end of my mission with the Base Realignment and Closure Office brings with it the end of my all-too-brief residence in Washington.

My next two-year stop will be in Greece. I don’t think they have triathlons where I’m going, which is fine because I’d like to pursue some different goals and get a fuller experience of life in a foreign land. Ironically, my placement at the Reston Tri was the last requirement I needed to qualify for an elite/professional triathlete license, and I’m seriously considering applying for the license even though I may never race as a “pro” (because it does look good on any resume, and I might just get back into coaching someday). The specter of racing triathlons at the elite level, however, is not what will drive me back to the sport when I return to the United States.

What will bring me back to triathlons are the people who do them. I’ve made too many good friends through these races and training sessions…in Virginia, California, Washington state, Utah, Hawaii…even Connecticut! We’ve done too many tough races, long rides, and epic struggles together for me to ignore whatever emotional attraction or personal bonding that occurs when we take up these challenges. I have learned much from the triathletes of Reston in the last two years through shared experiences, stories, lessons and guidance. For that, I am forever thankful to you.

I know not when or if I will come this way again, but I shall endeavor to seek you should I return. And no matter where I am, you are always welcome in my house. (That’s why I need at least a three-bedroom place in Greece…with a view!)

[Sniff. Sniff.]

Oh…I promised that I wouldn’t cry…

- Frosty


After October 26th, you can reach me at the following address, or through the e-mail link at the RATS website.

PSC 814 Box 7
FPO AE 09865