There are two things responsible for my entering triathlon – Plantar Fasciitis and my Mother. Unlike many triathletes, I had virtually no interest in sports growing up, much to my Mother’s chagrin when she suggested I’d like distance running and should try cross-country at school. On my 40th birthday I was suddenly overcome with a need to do something to get fit. I went out the door and tried to run just 1 mile: I walked most of it. I kept trying, but my lack of experience, fitness, and bad running shoes quickly led to that most disdainful foot injury. So I put my cheap bike on a just-as-cheap trainer to keep some type of exercise going. When the foot healed, I wasn’t sure to return to running or just keep cycling. My Mother suggested doing both and trying a Duathlon.
In the 10 years since I finished over a dozen Olympic Triathlons (it took a dozen Olympic Duathlons until I was ready to brave the swim,) qualified for USAT Age Group Nationals twice and competed in 2016. I also proved that my Mother was right all along about running, which she reminded me of after my first Marathon, and again many times after finishing more than a half-dozen Half Marathons and 2 more Marathons.
In 2018, with the help of TriDot and the fantastic coach Kathy Ward Hudson, I jumped up to my first 70.3 at Coure d’Alene and crushed by 6 hour goal by 20 minutes.
I’ve been using TriDot for several years and unlike my early days of ‘self-directed’ training, have seen great progression and results, including several podium finishes. Plus I’ve seen TriDot continue to evolve into a more dynamic and powerful training resource.
My biggest lesson since taking up the sport? Don’t wait for 25 years to realize your Mother was right.
On a side note: triathlon gear, especially aero helmets, can double as a sick rock band costume. Don’t believe me? Check out the photo below…
Our biggest challenge in triathlon is overcoming that part of your mind that tells you to slow down or stop. I have found that the best way to achieve this is to accept (or “embrace”) that moment of absolute suffering. When you conquer this moment, it’s greater than any finish line - Chris "Macca" McCormack
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