James Tillison, Ada News intern
The Ada News
I have always wanted to compete in a triathlon. It seemed intimidating, but I wasn’t scared.
Then, a few weeks ago, I heard of a sprint triathlon scheduled in Guthrie for this past weekend and decided it was time to take the plunge — even though I only had two weeks to get ready for it.
Sprint triathlons consist of a 500-yard swim, a 12.6-mile bike ride and a 3.2 mile run. I have been on swim teams (at Ada High School and Simpson College) for six years, so I was not afraid of the swimming portion.
I ran cross country my senior year in high school. To better prepare for the 3.2-mile run, I ran almost every day until the race.
For the biking leg of the race, I purchased a used (but still in great condition) Cannondale bicycle. Unfortunately, I encountered a problem first ride out. The tires were worn down and the back wheel went flat shortly into the ride. It had to be taken into the shop for repairs and I did not have it until the day before the race.
I arrived at the First Capital Triathlon in Guthrie at 6:30 in the morning (last Saturday) with my family. I was nervous, but I wouldn’t back down.
During the swim, I finished sixth. The bike race didn’t turn out so good, I was passed a lot. I made up for it a bit during the run and ended the event with a sprint.
Seeing that big red finish marker was pure ecstasy. I finished fourth overall for the 20-24 age group.
My family supported me from when I said I would enter this triathlon until I finished it. That was a huge help.
It was challenging, but I loved it and eagerly await another one. Which, by the way, is scheduled for Aug. 11 in Edmond.