NEARING THE END OF TRIATHLON SEASON


Well, hello everyone!  The meat of the triathlon season has now passed us, and most people are seeing their race schedule winding down.  The weather will soon start to cool off and football season will be in full throttle.  However, there are many who still have their “A” race looming in the near future.  It is a very exciting time for many of the TriAttic family.
Seventeen TriAttics will be participating in this weekend’s Beach Blast Triathlon.  Some will be competing in the Sprint while others will take on the intermediate (similar to Olympic) distance.  This race series is always popular with triathletes in the Big Bend region.  It is within a 2.5 hour drive of Tallahassee, located at beautiful Mexico Beach and offers both sprint and intermediate distance races for both duathlon and triathlon.  The swim is in the Gulf of Mexico and the run just off of the beach.  The awards and party after the race are always a good time, too.
Many of the TriAttics are in final preparations for the fourth edition of Ironman Augusta 70.3.  For some of them, it will be their first race of this distance.  Augusta is the perfect race to be a triathlete’s first 70.3 distance.  The swim is lightning fast pretty much guaranteeing a personal record swim time for everyone.  Supposedly, the flow of the Savannah River is fast enough that a floating log would make the swim time cutoff.  Additionally, it is rumored that the nuclear power plant upstream can provide extra powers through the water (kidding).  The bike crosses two states and passes through beautiful farm pastures while providing some challenging hills similar to parts of Leon and Jefferson County.  And the run winds through historical downtown Augusta with legions of fan support.  It is pretty cool when you can say that your race finished at a statue of James Brown (aka The Godfather of Soul, aka The Hardest Working Man in Show Business).  And the town goes all out for this race, even dying the fountains purple to match the race theme colors.
Then there are a few who will be taking on the full Ironman Florida in Panama City Beach on November 3rd.  This is always such a well organized race.  Tallahassee is well represented at this race and the always-large support crew creates a party atmosphere at the Sunset Inn located on the run course.  It is a fast race and a great experience for racers and supporters alike.
            Lastly, there is Coach Sandy Holt.  She will be competing in the Ironman Augusta 70.3 and Ironman Florida, but has one “little” race prior to those.  That “little” race is Ironman Wisconsin this weekend on Sunday.  It will be the first of seven full Ironman Triathlons within the United States in which she plans to compete over the next year.  The race is in Madison, Wisconsin, the state’s capitol.  Sandy has taken on this feat to show that many things are physically and mentally possible.  Through this process, she will be spreading the word of living a healthy lifestyle among other things.  To track her race, on Sunday, you can go to www.ironman.com and get updates as she moves through the course.
            So to go with the great race venues will be great race efforts put forth.  All of the training everyone has dedicated themselves to is now going to start paying off.  All the early mornings and late evenings of hitting the pool, biking on roads and trainers, and running the tracks/trails/roads will show up in the form of great results.  As has been said many times, “…it isn’t the destination, it is the journey…”  That is so true for the sport of triathlon.  We all have days where we might rather be doing something else than putting in the training hours.  But when you look back on what you’ve accomplished and how far you’ve come, it makes it all worthwhile.  Everyone have great races, and most of all, HAVE FUN!  Good luck!

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