Sunday, July 29, 2007

All-Women Triathlon

Well, I did it today. I had never planned on doing more than one triathlon per year since I started doing them when I turned 50. That seems to be enough to keep me strong and healthy. But I had heard lots of great comments about this new format...a women's only triathlon of a sprint distance (400 yard swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run). Last year's participants told me it was fun, well-organized, well-mannered, and had good food! They said it was inspiring to see so many women of so many ages, sizes, and abilities setting themselves up for something new, and most are new to the sport. But interest is growing. Last year, the first year for this event in the Toledo area, there were 230 racers. This year it closed out at 350. I knew the race directors, Joyce and Jim Donaldson and their Elite Endeavor crew, had a good reputation and lots of experience in managing complicated events like a triathlon, so I had to "tri" it.
And I tried hard. I won my age group, 55-59. There were two things that I found striking. One, I never heard so many "I'm sorry" and "Excuse me" pardons in my life, and two, this Sprint distance (less than half the olympic distance I usually do) is begging me to switch over. You see, I have enough energy in reserve to brag. Do you see the photo of my trophy?
You can see the race results and more information about Elite Endeavor events at
You might get inspired and decide to try a "tri" too!

1 comment:

Debby said...

Congratulations Cheryl! I am so proud of you. But I have to tell you that the distance would leave with me no energy reserves!