Longmont Triathlon Story Bowl Stories

The Longmont Triathlon is just a few days away.  Colorado’s longest running triathlon has long been a favorite of locals, seasoned athletes, first time triathletes, kids and so many more.

Several years ago, local business owners and sponsors of the Longmont Triathlon wanted to showcase and honor more than just those who ‘won the race’ and ‘won their age groups’.  Everyone has a story that got them to the start line.  Here are a few of those stories.

 

Tiffany H., Most memorable/inspiring Longmont Triathlon experience

March 25, 2016 my (then) 10 year old son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, medullo blastoma.  In the past 14 months he has endured 4 surgeries, 30 days of radiation and 9 cycles of chemo.

Running is my therapy and I wake in the dark and run the stress & anxiety away.  I haven’t been able to get to the pool except twice a month ago – there is always a drs appointment to get in the way.  

So, when I wanted to give up, I remember my son and the endurance and fortitude, persistence and tenacity . . .and just keep thinking one more stroke, one more lap, one more step.  As God has sustained him, He will sustain me.

For His Glory

#jammingforjamin

 

Marilyn B., Most memorable/inspiring Longmont Triathlon experience

I’ve done the Longmont Triathlon several times with my twin daughters (Kara & Dani). The 1st time or two we did it as a team ( I remember Kara nursing her 2 month old baby before she did the swim).  After we started doing it as individuals, we usually had more fun training than we did actually racing.  I’m not very fast, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve apparently outlived some of my competition because I’ve occasionally gotten awards. 

In 2012 I had back surgery and have used triathlon as a way to motivate myself to stay active.  This year is my first time back to this triathlon and my first time to do it without either daughter (one is in France, the other in Russia).  So, I will be hearing their voices, especially on the run, saying, ‘C’mon Mom, you can do it.’ And I will picture my grand-kids, 6 of them, cheering me from the playground equipment as I run by.  I’m just happy to be able to compete now that I’m ‘old’ (70).

 

Previous inspiring stories

May 17th

May 23rd

 

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