A couple of weeks ago I was a volunteer at a local Tri for Fun. This is the same event where I manned the water station in mid June and that I competed in in mid-July. This time, the mid-August event, I hit the volunteer job jack pot – transition area monitor. I even got the bullhorn so I could call out – ‘Please walk your bikes in transition!” “You must fasten your chin strap before leaving transition!” “Runners over here! to get to the course!” It was way fun.
What amazed me was the variety of participants and gear. There was everything from the guy on a super duper Cervelo carbon dream machine with deep dish carbon wheels wearing an aero helmet, to the guy who clearly grabbed his child’s helmet on the way out of his garage and nearly choked himself to death while putting it on. There was a 10 speed bike that had a big plastic milk carton attached on the rear fender with bungee cords. There were people in tri suits, regular bathing suits, and surfing jammers.
I was especially pleased to see these 2 women who in the June event were the last 2 in by quite a big margin but who this time left at least 20 people behind them as they exited T2 . They struggled so hard their first time and this time it was obvious that they are making significant progress on their journey to wherever they are going with triathlon. They both looked really happy heading out for the run, knowing they were no longer last.
If you are skimming tri blogs just thinking about doing one for the first time in the future, keep nurturing that thought. If you are intimidated because you don’t have a nice bike or you aren’t a strong swimmer feggedaboutdit – just do it. Find a local Tri for Fun and see how it goes. You will be in great company and you may well surprise yourself. Most of all we may soon be able to give you our wry triathlete smile as we welcome you to the crack house.