Today, Star Hill Sports held their first annual Lifestyles Expo CT Sprint Triathlon in Tolland, Connecticut. I swim at the Star Hill pool and Debbie is a yoga teacher at the gym. When she heard about the indoor/outdoor triathlon, she was interested.
I thought she was crazy to want to do it, but I’m glad she did. This was a nice diversion from her trail running with no expectations. It was just for fun. The format was changed from the original plan, but it all worked out. The race was: 300 yard pool swim/10 mile spin bike/5 kilometer outdoor road run. There was a separate men’s and women’s race. The Star Hill team has some kinks to work out. They had quite a few logistics and timing issues. I only saw the women’s race and they were all in good spirits despite the issues.
Debbie had an absolute blast. Her one and only triathlon was more than 15 years ago. She watches me do them all of the time, so that qualifies her as an expert! She borrowed my goggles, pulled out a swim cap that I gave her three years ago, donned a bathing suit, and dove in. She held her own in the swim after opting to start second to last.
She had a strong bike, though the spin bike odometers aren’t that accurate. In my only indoor triathlon back in 2009, my bike was measuring less than half of the distance that I was covering! I think she had the fastest bike split, which was a surprise. She does ride a few days a week, so maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised.
She says she did OK on the run, which was hilly. She ended up winning the overall title, which brought a big smile to her face. The kids and I had fun watching her, taking pictures, and cheering on all of the women. I continue to be amazed and inspired by Janit Romayko. 84 year-old Richard Busa is one of our favorite “veteran” athletes and his recent finish at the Stone Cat Trail Marathon cemented his title as New England’s top octogenarian runner, but Janit (a veritable spring chicken at 68 years-old) is equally as impressive. She is one fit chick!
I’ll be sad to miss tomorrow’s 10th Annual Busa Bushwhack because we are going to the West Hill Shop Cyclocross instead. Boo. I’m also bummed to miss tonight’s Manchester Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony because Janit is being honored. So cool. Debbie and I often talk about how we plan to be active well into our 80’s. Watching Richard and Janit proves that it doesn’t happen by accident. Now that Debbie is a certified triathlete (again), she and I have another sport to do battle in.
Race Results (will be posted when available)