Some Triathlon History
February 09, 2012
My triathlon history started in 1988 at one of two races. I am pretty sure it was the LaPorte Triathlon in LaPorte, TX. I don’t think that I placed in my age group, but it was good fun. Later that year, or maybe the following year, I am pretty sure that I raced the Lake Lewisville Triathlon just north of Dallas. I did the sprint race.
Anyway, my memory may be cloudy, but I remember a couple of things at that race. The first is that I was one of the fastest swimmers of the day. I was 14 and on an age group swim team. So, all things considered I did pretty well in the swim. The second thing that I remember is that I wore cycling shorts the entire race. I also chafed the entire race after the swim. The third thing that I remember is that I just barely beat the first place girl in the same age group as me. Lastly, I ‘think’ that a slightly older kid named Lance Armstrong won the Olympic Distance that day. I could be mixing up my races, but I am pretty sure it was that one or another one that same year and near the same location.
Where is this going, I’m not sure. All that I can say is that “I remember when…” Now, here we are nearly 25 years later and today’s generation of triathletes will be able to say “I remember when…” Only now it will be in regards to remembering when 7-time TdF champion (or whatever YOU think) was a triathlete instead of remembering when this teenage triathlete was giving it to the Scotts and Allens of the day.
Yeah, I’m seldom at a shortage of words, but that’s good enough for the week. History repeats itself…sort of.
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