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.