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.
See y’all out there!