The Longmont Triathlon is the longest running triathlon in the state of Colorado. One of the reasons it’s been around for so long is it’s appeal to beginners. It’s a small event, it has a pool swim, is a sprint distance – now with a Try-a-Tri shorter distance, and has just about the best volunteers gratitude can buy.
Several years ago, three local event sponsors teamed together and created the Story Bowl. It offers participants the opportunity to ‘tell their story’ because everyone has one.
Today we share stories from First Time triathlon participants. Read on and get inspired.
Ron L, First Time Triathlete
I started competing in triathlon in 2011. I’ve always loved healthy competition and triathlon were the next new challenge as I passed 50. Competing makes me feel more healthy and I love the opportunity to experience all the different aspects of competitions. But this one was different.
Earlier this year my younger sister was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, MS. This hit my family hard and me especially. So, when I registered for the Longmont Triathlon, it was with renewed purpose: I wanted to compete for her. When I swim/bike today, I’m competing for my sister: when my team stands with me, they stand with her. This experience is something that I want to do because she can’t. I hope through the experience I can show support in my way for her fight.
Stephen D, First Time Triathlete
I started a spin/swim class here at Centennial Pool with the goal of improving my riding and learning proper swim strokes. I had no intention of doing a triathlon but I got hooked on the training, in Jim’s class, and met lots of encouraging class mates. At age 66, my first tri wont be the fastest but it will be my first, and a PR.
Colleen B, First Time Triathlete
My name is Colleen and today I did my first ever triathlon!
I was inspired to do this by my friend Erin. She was supposed to be here today but had to have emergency surgery last week to take her appendix out. So, I dedicate this to Erin A! I was so worried about the swim but I survived! My husband is a UFC fighter and is in phenomenal shape and he kept telling me ‘you have to challenge yourself to change yourself’. I feel like I did that today! What an awesome feeling it is!! Right when I was done I Facetimed my husband and 3 kids and they’re SO proud of me!!
If you missed last week’s post on the Longmont Triathlon Story Bowl and it’s history, check it out HERE