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Jul 19, 2014 | My Iron Year, Training Daze

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Lynne Tapper

I am a lifelong endurance athlete with the dual goal of training and racing until my bones turn to dust and sharing that passion with as many people as possible.

No…not THAT race day. The Iron Man is still four weeks away. Today I participated in my team race. After 10 weeks of training, our group did a sprint distance triathlon in Warren, CT. It was called The Hopkins Vineyard Triathlon. And yes, you run through a vineyard and they give you wine at the end!

I decided early on that I wanted to do the race with my team. It was a new location and I always like to try different races in the area. I also thought it would be good to get one short race done to make sure I still knew how to manage my way around a transition area. I was mentally and physically ready for the race. Technically, I messed up my watch, so I didn’t have all my data tracking my pace, my heart rate, my distance, etc. As it turns out, I did have all of that data, just not accessible while I was racing. It turns out it was a blessing in disguise. I was able to pay attention to how I felt, not what a screen told me.  I worked hard and had fun! After all of that, imagine my surprise when I found out I placed 2nd in my age group. There were 11 of us 45-49 year-olds. I was proud of our team. It was a hilly bike and run! Everyone finished with smiles on their faces. Yes, a podium finish is always rewarding, but seeing all of the Team Training New England athletes cross the finish line was truly the icing on the cake!


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