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Simone's Race Report...

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ED. Simone Lundquist is a very talented and articulate young woman. Only 15, she is a successful triathlete, as is her older sister Taylor, who won Minnesota's Junior of the Year award in 2017. This is the first blog posting for the sisters.

 

By Simone Lundquist (sisterswho triblog.com)

 

When you’re an athlete who does many sports it can be hard to transition from one season to the next. You create a strong bond with your team and when your season ends it is hard to let go of all the fun memories you had. This is what I personally...

experienced going into Trinona this weekend. Coming right out of track I did not want to let go of the season, but instead I wanted to keep improving and spending time with my teammates. It left me with mixed emotions going into the weekend because I knew that I would have a great time when I started racing, but I also had the fear of what if I did not like triathlons as much as I remembered.

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On the two and a half hour drive down to our motel room all the feelings of excitement, nervousness, and determination were all going through my mind knowing that this would be my first race of the season. I tried to sleep on the drive down but, knowing that I had not had proper training due to just coming out of track was another thought that kept racing through my mind. I feel that many athletes might have the same thoughts going into their first competition of the year, wondering if they worked hard enough in the off months and prepared well enough for the kickoff to their season. Although all of these thoughts were keeping me awake, I was motivated to get some sleep knowing that packet pickup closed at six o’clock and that we had gotten to our motel at  about 12:30.

Waking up early was discouraging on top of the fact that I still had the feeling of wanting to be with my track team and still have the opportunity to improve in my races. We also had a group of guys who got in a fight right outside our room at 1:30 in the morning so I bet you can imagine how well we slept that night. Like any of the usual race mornings I groggily packed my gear, made sure I wasn’t forgetting anything, and our family headed for the race venue. Arriving and picking up my packet gave me a familiar feeling of excitement knowing that this was the first race for my season. I set up my transition zone like it was an instinct and waited for our wave to go out with the growing feeling of excitement.  READ MORE

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