Longmont Triathlon Story Bowl: My First Triathlon

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

 

Longmont Triathlon Needs You!

The Longmont Triathlon is the longest running triathlon in the State of Colorado.  Now in it’s 38th year!

No event can ever be successful with out a full compliment of volunteers.  Race Director Sara Taylor is looking for folks to help make this great weekend a huge success.  Read on to see how you can help by volunteering for this great event.

Recreation and Golf services is planning for the 38th Longmont Triathlon Weekend on June 2nd and June 3rd.  We need volunteers to keep the athletes safe and motivated on the course.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families, students, athletic teams, churches, and business organizations to give back to the community, team build, and gather volunteer hours.  Youth 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Please consider joining us to cheer, direct participants, hand-out water, or help with registration and/or hospitality.  We need help on Saturday, June 2nd from 7am to 11am and on Sunday, June 3rd from approximately 6:15am to 11am.  If you can help, please email Sara Taylor (sara.taylor@longmontcolorado.gov)  with your job preference, day/days you can help and your contact information.  You are welcome to volunteer for one day or both!

Thank you in advance for your time and energy.  This event wouldn’t be the same without smiling faces and encouraging cheers.

 

Gain some inspiration from these great stories shared by first time participants over the past several years.  Watch for more of these fun and inspiring Story Bowl Stories over the next several weeks.

 

Longmont Tri Participant, Greg Thompson, First Timer Athlete

2006.  My daughter was 9 and I was 38.  She was on a synchronized swim team and I was swimming a handful of times per month, but had not ridden a bike in over a decade and was slow jogging only 2 miles, when I saw the advertisement for kid and adult tri.  I asked my daughter, quite out-of-the-blue, if she would do the kid event and I would do the adult tri.  She rapidly replied ‘yes’.  Suddenly I was in shock and it was only 5 weeks away!  I felt like dying as I gasped for air across the finish line that first time,  This was the start of a terrific journey and 6 years later, I competed in my first iron distance tri in North Carolina and was 2nd in my age group.  Now after two knee surgeries, I’m back for my 9th Longmont Tri.

 

Longmont Tri Participant, Kevin Pallaoro, First Timer Athlete

About 8 month ago, I took my 3 yr old daughter to her first swim lesson and she asked why I couldn’t teach her to swim.  My response sparked something in me.  The reality is  that I didn’t know how to swim.  Three days later I signed up for masters swim and started my journey towards my first tri.  

I chose Longmont since it was a pool swim and my wife works for the city  I a very excited for my first ever tri and a new found love for swimming.