I will be a Triathlete for 2 years in July this year! I've already set goals on certain events I want to do. St Anthony's was one from the start. This year I would do my first Tri in the 65-99 Age Group and St Anthony's was it!
The Saturday before my Tri, I went to the Expo and spent time watching a friend's 6 year old daughter do the Meek and Mighty Tri. This was a distance adjusted event for first timers and youth. The adults started first with a Pool Swim 200 yards • Bike 5.4 miles • Run 1 mile.
The last adult person (44 years old) in the water was having issues. I believe she wasn't ready to do this event. I found it hard to believe she was cleared to do it and it was obvious, she hadn't trained properly. I felt so bad for her and wondered about her support group! You must respect any race and train properly to be able to perform!
To make a long story short, My Swim Coach (Part of the Swim Support Team) and two others had to start life saving measures on her during the last lap. He also told her to stop earlier! They worked for almost 15 minutes, moved her to the EMT truck but to no avail. It was a very bad scene.
As many did not know the outcome, the Tri went on and the kids were minimally affected. I was at the water entry point and know of only one child who decided not to start. Here are photos of the little Super Hero who raced after....
Headed to Transition 1
Getting ready to own the bike with Daddy watching!
The last 200yds of the race & Daddy running to the Finish Chute with Reyne.
She was six years old, raced with the 7 year olds, and beat every 8 year old in the field! This girl is destined for greatness!
After the events of Saturday, which weighed on my mind, I went over my race plan. I would be extremely deliberate and safe in my swim form, pace, & breathing. Insure a safe bike, and a solid run.
Sunrise in St Petersburg over Tampa Bay!
Waiting for our wave with my Swim Coach Leo & some of my local heroes. They were giving me advice up until the air horn sounded!
Nailed a solid swim. My adrenaline rush kicked in!
Headed out of T1 and on the bike tour of St Pete!
D and several of my friends were waiting for me to enter T2 from the bike. When D saw my smile, she knew I was enjoying life!
I was still fueled on endorfins and adrenaline when I hit the run leg!
My first mile was the fastest of ll my previous Tris....I hit the wall into Mile 2 and kept moving just to finish!
No question, the Finish Chute crowd was loud & cheering...and that got me to the finish line!
Time to celebrate with my Team & TriBuds!
My first Tri in a new Age Group and I made it through safe! Technically, I learned I had to control my emotions and pace better through my bike and run, my stronger disciplines. My swim was totally spot on as I focused on safety and achieved my goals. I'll apply my lessons learned in 2 weeks at the Madeira Beach Triathlon!
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