At the Nation's Tri finish line...and speechless
Author: Benjamin "Ryan" Phelps
At the finish line of the 2011 Nation’s Triathlon, one of the many gracious volunteers asked me “Are you okay?” I was bent at the hips, feeling dizzy and clammy. Standing still, but swaying a bit, stomach knotted, ears ringing. My right plantar fascia was seething, and both hands were planted firmly on my knees. I gazed down at blurry pavement, with a heart rate that of a squirrel. A frantic, out-of-shape squirrel. It’s hard to speak while gasping, so, having no choice, I said nothing. The volunteer patiently waited a bit and then asked me a second time. “Are you okay?” “Yes”, I grunted. Had I not been so short of breath, I would have said more...
Team In Training & My First Triathlon
Author: Simeon Teopaco
I did my first triathlon in May of 2009 and did absolutely terrible. I had no idea what I was doing; I did the swim in my old college speedo even though the lake was 58 degrees, and my legs cramped up on the run because I went out way too hard on the bike. Yet I knew that I picked up a sport I wanted to excel at, I just needed a little help to get there. Not even a week after the race I signed up with The National Capital Area's Team in Training (TNT) Program to do The Nation’s Triathlon. I knew that TNT could help me with what I sorely lacked when it came to preparing for a race: knowledge and a support system.