Race Coverage

"I Was a New Person"....

 

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By Erin Ladendorf

Two finish lines. Two completely different days. Two moments in my life where I learned how to dig deep and find a new layer of who I am and what I can accomplish.

The picture on the left is at Lake Placid. I had the worst month of my life leading up to it. I had my heart broken and had to scramble to even find a way to get to this race. I was alone and sad and so broken. This course was no joke. And mile 80 of the bike I crumbled. My body and my brain had given up. I went into T2 thinking I was going to turn my chip in and quit. But I pulled myself out of that funk and forced myself to start the marathon. I figured even if I walked a marathon it was better than quitting. And I took it one mile at time. Sometimes I walked. Sometimes I ran. But once I got to mile 25 I cried the whole way into that finish line. Because I did what I came to do. I pushed my sadness and bullshit aside to see what I had deep down inside of me. And it was so fucking cleansing. I got rid of a lot of baggage that day...

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"Izzy's First Tri is in the Books"....

 

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YWCA Indoor Triathlon #2 - Every Sunday, my 16-year old daughter and I have a standing swim date. Rain, sunshine, blizzard, or ice storm, we rarely miss our Sunday time at the Y (my office is just 2 blocks from YMCA Gaviidae, so this is our pool of choice, and the poolside hot tub and sauna make it more enticing in the winter months).  We are recreational freestyle swimmers...no flip turns, very “marginal” form, and plenty of back stroke, pull buoys/kickboards, and we’re basically there to get in an easy no-impact workout on a running day off. It’s great bonding time for us, and an opportunity to let the hot tub jets offer us a free massage. 

A few weeks ago, after one of these swims, my daughter said to me “Mom, can you sign us up for an Indoor Tri?” Music to this mom triathlete’s ears. Izzy is a high school cross country runner and has recently found biking on our kinetic trainer in the basement to work well as a cross train day. As a dabbler in all 3 disciplines, she felt ready to take the Indoor Tri...

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Ciavarella and Randolph Win Again...

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YWCA INDOOR TRIATHLON #2 - Like the first race in this four-event series, last weekend's YWCA Indoor Tri was well attended (91 finishers), though the female/male ratio is still in a bit out-of-whack. In January, women outnumbered men 70 - 23. Last Sunday, that ratio was basically identical (70 - 21).

We'd love to see more guys at these cool events.

Let's talk about the "Long" event first. A pair of transplanted New York staters took the Top 2 spots, with a local woman returing to the podium....

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Bontrager and Kent....

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TRI U MAH – A record (we think?) 213 athletes completed the 90-minute Tri U Mah, which celebrated it's 16th anniversary on February 8-9....

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Another Worlds Medal For Sheri!

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ASIAGO, Italy — Amateur athlete Sheri Schrock raced her way to a top result for Team USA on Sunday with a bronze medal in her age group at the 2020 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships. Schrock was joined by eight other athletes who represented Team USA, four of them also earning top-10 finishes....

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Clear Instruction, Encouraging Words, Constant Cheers....

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The 2020 Indoor Triathlon season is underway. A pair of Life Time Fitness events were contested on January 5. Individual race results aren't posted online, so we are contacting the race directors. Hopefully, they will share the results with us, so we can share them with you.

The first of four YWCA Indoor Triathlons happened last weekend (January 19) and results are available. A link will be included at the end of this post....

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