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Betting on the Buentings...

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By Stephen Meyers (usatriathlon.org)

 

Training through the long, cold, snowy winter of Minnesota, 16 year old Bella Buenting is excited to travel south and finally ride her bike outside at the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships. 


Thanks to a bet with her dad, Mike, she has a lot riding on the race, too. 


Win her age group and dad takes Bella and a best friend on a trip to California. 


“We’re always making bets like that, me and my dad,” Bella said. “I love the ocean and hanging out at the beach and walking around L.A., so that’s good motivation for sure.”  ...


These little bets between dad and daughter are common – Bella usually wins – and they’re just a piece of the bond the pair shares as they incorporate multisport into their lives. Together, they’ll compete in Greenville, South Carolina, at the 2019 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, along with mom, Shannon. All three have the goal of qualifying for the 2020 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival. 


From weekend group rides to sneaking in a run workout together after high school swim practice, the Buenting’s lives revolve around swim, bike, run. Exhibit A: During a Christmas vacation last year to Santa Barbara, California, they found a running path along the ocean and did a 12x400 interval workout. READ MORE

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