A Triathlon Debut

May 27th 2015

Two weeks ago, I competed in my first triathlon. It was a sunny 70 degrees when I took the course and despite my 4:30 AM wake-up call, it was a perfect day. I ran the streets of Stamford, CT for the 7th annual KIC it Triathlon, with all proceeds serving children in crisis. The idea to compete in a triathlon was spearheaded by my dad. Having competed in various competitions himself, he enlisted me and my younger sister, Elizabeth, for a relay team. I wouldn’t have crossed the finish-line without my two teammates. The triathlon was Olympic distance and composed of a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride, and 10k run. My sister, at age 16, is a swimming and water-polo enthusiast; naturally, she was set to swim the cold Long Island Sound. Our dad, an avid cyclist, took on the grueling hour and a half bike ride. With a strong passion for running, I was happy to accompany them on the 10k run.

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Weeks leading up to race day were spent in the water, on the bike, and pounding the pavement. We would talk about our predicted times and made sure to strategize our transitions. We were all very excited, my sister and I especially having never competed in a triathlon before. Finally, race day arrived and the adrenaline set in.

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The race began with the swim. The water was flat which called for perfect swimming conditions; however, it was a chilly 63 degrees. Scoping out the competition, we realized she was the youngest competitor by at least 20 years. She would be swimming against middle-aged men and women, with no other competitors coming close to her age. It called for some pre-race jitters but certainly did not seem to hinder her performance- she finished 6th place in the relay heat!

 

Next, our dad started on the bike as we cheered him on. It was a smooth transition from the bike to the run and finally, I was off. Volunteers cheered us on at every mile checkpoint and the sun shined down to make for an enjoyable run. I approached the finish line to see Elizabeth and my dad cheering on my right.

 

It was a great feeling to finish but made for an even better feeling having completed my first triathlon on their team!

 

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