I can tri challenge – event highlights

September 8, 2008 by  
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Team Blonde Runner - Triathlon 2008 blonderunner.com

This weekend I competed with the team in the Alta Canyon Sports Center I can tri Challenge sprint triathlon in Sandy, Utah. For those of you out there that have never done a triathlon I would suggest a recreation center triathlon. Not only are they the shortest distance triathlons you will find (sprint distance), but the swim is in a pool which eliminates the need for a wetsuit etc…but do look for a well organized event such as this one (great job Michelle!).

While setting up my transition, I overheard several lady’s trying to figure out what they needed to do since this was their first triathlon. I jumped at the opportunity to share some information with them. (Frankly most newbies don’t even think much about the transitions until they get there.) I could see the relief of their faces as they were able to put everything together. Nothing is better than knowing what to expect on race day. Then when the unexpected happens that is the only thing you are deal with – not “what do I do during a transition.” (One of my team members, Stephanie, had a flat tire – the culprit a staple. A kind stranger fixed it while she was doing the swim– Stranger, she thanks you deeply!) After reviewing the results – I was excited to see how quickly team members moved through the transitions ultimately shaving minutes off their times. I think the transition practice paid off ladies – you rock! Each of you have made so much progress over the weeks! Thank you for making coaching so rewarding! Go Team Blonde Runner! Check out your results: http://www.milliseconds.com/ResultsQuery.php?varRaceID=1105

Another highlight of the event for me was my kind husband and children cheering for me from the van periodically as I raced. Although not apparent on my face at the time (my husband tells me I was in deep concentration), it tickles me to hear their cute voices saying “Go Mommy!” as I raced. This was the highlight of the event for me (although I didn’t mind the first place finish despite bike issues and coping with this achy head cold. I rarely get sick, but when I do it seems to be when I really need to be well). I love you cute family! Thank you for your support – I could not do it without you!!


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4 Responses to “I can tri challenge – event highlights”
  1. Michelle says:

    I’ve always thought triathlons were outside of my “athletic range.” I worked hard to prepare for this tri so it felt awesome to complete my goal. I just have one piece of advice—don’t think you can’t do it! If I can do it, anyone can! If you’re willing to train, you can accomplish your goal. It was my New Years Resolution to compete in a triathlon. This summer I did two and now I’m training for the third. They are so fun—I’m hooked! Thanks for your help, Lora!!!

  2. Lora says:

    Michelle, you are an absolutely delightful person with a lot of athletic potential. I look forward to working with you more. Triathlons are a blast!
    Train Happy,

  3. Kellie says:

    This was so much fun!! I am so glad that I had the chance to train with someone who really knows what they are doing. It felt awesome to finish and know that I did well. Your strengths certainly even out your weaknesses in a triathalon. That is what is so fun. I didn’t do so well in the swim, but overall I did well because of the bike and run. I am so glad that I was able to do it. I am looking forward to next season. Thanks for all of your help Lora, you are great!!

  4. Lora says:

    Kellie, you had such a solid first race! Your proven commitment and steady effort paid off with great transitions and fantastic results! You did it! I am so excited to see what is next for you!

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