On June 30, I completed my third swim-bike-run event of the season, the Stamford KIC It Triathlon.
About 25 of my Full Throttle Endurance teammates and I left New York City to take on this Olympic-distance race—and we did really well!
Aside from 10 FTE podium finishes, there are five big reasons I had a blast during this Connecticut triathlon.
1. The location and atmosphere. About an hour outside of New York City, this race was ideal for NYC triathletes: close enough that staying overnight wasn’t required, but far enough away that it provided an escape from the concrete jungle. Plus, Stamford reminded me of my tiny Upstate New York hometown in terms of both appearance and attitude. It seemed like the entire city came out for this event. Which brings me to …
2. The volunteers. How many people would wake up at 3 a.m. for a Sunday morning race? And how many people would wake up that early to volunteer for said race? Seriously, they were awesome and brought their A-game; packet pick up went smoothly, and they were visible on the bike course (and not just because they wore neon pink t-shirts), and everyone was simply excited.
3. The bike course signs. When you’re climbing a killer hill and struggling big time in the saddle, you need something—anything—to take your mind off the pain.
Well played, Stamford.
4. The iced coffee post race. Enough said.
5. The time spent with my teammates. Yes, we train together nearly every day, and racing intensifies our camaraderie. Even though we swim, bike, and run solo, we still cheer, support, and encourage each other en route to the finish line.
I loved seeing my teammates on the course, and some made the trip just to spectate. How awesome is that?
So when's the next race? A bunch of us are gearing up for the 13th Annual Aquaphor New York City Triathlon this Sunday, and you know what they say: go Full Throttle or go home!