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My First Triathlon of the Year

Monday, June 03, 2013

For those of you that know me, you know that I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that has been kicking my butt for the last 6 months or so. The medication is finally starting to level the playing field but I dont feel up to par and I was not planning on competing in triathlon this year.

I have two wonderfully supportive ladies that I officiate with. These gals said they wanted to do a triathlon relay with me someday. I asked and they agreed to do the Howling Coyote Sprint Triathlon as a relay with me. Neither of these ladies is a triathlete but they are both seriously athletic, competitive and general all around fantastic people.

Lydia Sierra ran for the relay. She is a new mother, her son is only a year old. She has been running to lose some weight. I got acquainted with Lydia when she asked me to be a volleyball coach in her program. She is a wonderful person, caring, thoughtful and a fierce competitor that watches, learns and wins. She ran 5 miles in the relay with dad and son cheering her on, in 34 minutes.

I did the bike. I had a great day and rode the 18 miles in 62 minutes. I was thrilled with the time. The ride is downhill out and uphill back. My time was in the top ten of all the rides and the 2nd fastest ride for females. I was pumped.

Dixine Moore had agreed to swim for us. No small feat since she had not swam in over two years. Silver City has been without a year round pool for three years now. Our outside pool is open for 3 months and just opened the first of May. Dixine swam the 400 meters in 11 minutes. It was a struggle but she did beautifully.

We all need to work on our times but on this day we successfully beat our competition and had a blast doing it. Our first place finish was over 9 minutes faster than second place. Dixine and I are 49 and 50. Lydia is 42. The second place team consisted of thirth year olds. We beat the third place team by over 20 minutes, a group of ladies from various locals in Texas. We beat one of the COED teams by 2 minutes as well. All in all it was a wonderful day with good friends and a day in which we made more friends.

From left: Dixine Moore, myself, Lydia Sierra.

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  • PMAY0313
    Great to see you are feeling a little better!
    2105 days ago
    I loved reading your blog. The three of you ladies are an inspiration. I am getting ready to do my second sprint triathlon (first this year) in about a week. I am nervous, but by reading the stories of other, I gain more confidence. Thank you for sharing and good luck with any future races.
    2147 days ago
    Sounds like you had a great day. Congrats!
    2149 days ago
    Great job by everyone.
    Your bike time is awesome!
    2150 days ago
  • HEYRED221
    That is so awesome! Congratulations to all three of you - what great friends!!!
    2150 days ago
    2150 days ago
    Awesome job to all of you!!! Glad you are starting to feel better. Hope you get completely back to your old self soon. It really does suck that we have no pool except for the pool at the gym which is really warm because of physical therapy and too warm for real swimming for training. And the public pool that is open so little. Just before the public pool opened, my grandson was dying to go swimming. So for his 13th birthday I took him and his cousins out to Box Canyon where we found a couple of swimming holes and he had a great time. It was either there or driving 2 hours to Elephant Butte or Caballo Lake. And on Memorial Day weekend! Really wish we had more alternatives here.
    2150 days ago
    You ladies did an awesome job on your triathlon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2150 days ago
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