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Sheri's Romanian Adventure - Part I...

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ED. Minnesota Grand Master of the Year nominee and multiple AG World Champion, Sheri Schrock talks about her 2018 Winter Triathlon World Championship experience.
 
By Sheri Schrock (usatriathlon.org)
 
Triathlon met the snow as athletes from 15 countries gathered in Cheile Gradistei, Romania, for the 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships on Jan. 26-28. About 178 athletes took part in elite, junior, U23, paratriathlon and age-group programs. 
 
The planned course was a 7.5-kilometer run, 13-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer ski, which consisted of 5 laps on each course, with a significant amount of climbing in each discipline. I was surprised to meet a lot of British athletes here, wondering where they trained for skiing.
 
Only three triathletes from the USA signed up — perhaps because the 2018 Winter Triathlon National Championships were held the same weekend in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Molly Breslin (WY) and Jason McDonald (CO) completed Team USA.

Packing for the Trip

I thought summer triathlons demanded a lot of equipment. Winter triathlons are worse: skis, poles, ski boots, vices, iron, adapter, multitude of brushes and wax for changing conditions, winter bike boots, warm clothes, various gloves, and if you bring your own bike, a bigger, heavier bike.

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