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Back To Where It All Began

This Sunday, thousands of local triathletes — a bunch of out-of-town athletes too, I guess — will be swimming/biking/running all around downtown DC. I’m one of them. I’ll be racing the DC Tri Sprint — 800m swim in the Potomac (I know, it’s gross), 20K bike around the monuments, and 7.5K run up to the finish at the Capitol.

This race has a special place in my heart. It was my first triathlon ever, and if you’ve been here for more than a day you know that it was a highly successful way to start a career in this crazy sport. I signed up only because the North Face 50K was already full, and I needed a challenge in June. So, this year I’m back, in better shape and far more prepared for what triathlon is about.

Goals for this race? HAVE FUN. Remember why I devote all my time, energy and money to triathlon. Go balls to the wall and leave it all out there on the course. Enjoy racing a sprint in the midst of all my long distance training. Wave at the dozens — literally — of people I know who are racing, volunteering or spectating. Take note of DC’s beautiful sights. Did I mention have fun?

I’d love to kick ass along the way, but I haven’t really focused on speed training in all this. And I’m riding 90 miles/running 30 minutes on Saturday, so my legs aren’t exactly going to be fresh. Mainly, I just want to get wrapped up in the excitement of the day. And then stuff my face with chicken and waffles at Birch&Barley afterward.

Finishing in front of the Capitol = AWESOME

See y’all out there!



10 thoughts on “Back To Where It All Began

  1. Awesome! I love back where it began posts – I think it’s so important to remember. And you look so different!

    Have a fantastic race this weekend. Can’t wait for the race report!

    Posted by amy | June 17, 2011, 2:18 PM
  2. Shut up Miss No Speed, you’re going to be way speedy on Sunday! GOOD LUCK and have fun at B&B post race, The Rocketship and I will be stuffing our faces down the street!

    Posted by Emily | June 17, 2011, 2:20 PM
  3. kick ass, as I know you will. obvi.

    I might be seeing you at brunch, but Ill be hungover and not sweaty. woops! 🙂

    Posted by Lauren | June 17, 2011, 2:27 PM
  4. that picture in front of the capitol is sweet! Is the course the same? I did the sprint last year and loved it! (minus the 6 am start!) ROCK IT!

    Posted by 321delish | June 17, 2011, 2:40 PM
  5. love it!! I look forward to watching you kick some more ass all around the capital!

    Posted by Beth | June 17, 2011, 2:43 PM
  6. girl! have a freakin blast.

    Posted by katie | June 17, 2011, 3:40 PM
  7. Good luck on Sunday! I hope it is even better than last year!

    Posted by Allison | June 17, 2011, 5:31 PM
  8. I can’t wait to hear how it went! I know you rocked it, girl!!

    Posted by Erin @ untilyoutri | June 19, 2011, 9:57 PM


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