Besides dance until 9th grade, I did zero sports growing up.
I stumbled upon triathlon in 2009 after my friend and co-worker Kelly
and I decided that we should build up our beanpole arms, and swimming
seemed like the logical answer. Since we knew how to ride a bike, had
run a few miles and were soon to be expert swimmers, we registered for
the Wildflower Olympic Course.
January 2010, we enrolled in a swimming 101 class at the Campbell
community pool and joined their Waves Triathlon Team. I distinctly
remember folks in too much Lycra talking about their “watts”, “cadence”
and “threshold” and having zero context for the conversations.
After eighty early morning workouts, it was race day! I was so
nervous, I slept in my triathlon suit—one less thing to do in the
morning (a tradition I’ve kept :).
By: Kelvin Brillante, Tri-California Ambassador
Wildflower Triathlon long course is in the books. As always it was a
bitter sweet weekend. The weekend was filled with fantastic camaraderie,
a lot of food, and a huge expo that included free massages and
chiropractic care! In regards to the chiropractic care, I have to give a
big thanks to Monica who did a super awesome job on readjusting my hips
and back and taping up my shoulder the day before the race! Away from
the expo, camping was a thrill with my Bangarang Runners and Fil Am Tri
team. I believe that our campsite was just one of the loudest campsites
out there that weekend (sorry to the teams who were nearby). Many
stories, jokes, smiles, laughs, and of course race nerves were shared
among the group. I miss it already and definitely am looking forward to
next years Wildflower! Anyways, onto the race stuff. Going into this
race I had really high expectations of myself; I mean really high!
Unfortunately, my personal expectations were not met but at least I
earned a personal record. Even though I did not reach my original goal, I
crossed that finish line pretty stoked out and am very happy with my
finishing time considering how the day went. So lets start off with the
swim, run, bike and run.
Does anyone else feel like November just flew by? I know everyone in the office feels like it did!
Which means we are reaching the middle of the triathlon off-season. Some of you may have already set off-season goals, some of you may still be pondering, while others may have already achieved one.
We asked a couple of our Tri-California Ambassadors to give us some insight on their off season goals.
There are moments in our lives that change the course of the rest of our lives. These moments can be big or small; ceremoniously celebrated with a large group of people, or silently witnessed alone; they can be moments that you saw coming ahead of time, or moments that surprised you; you may recognize that these moments are about to change your life, or they might do so without your awareness: moments such as the day you first set eyes on your future life partner; your wedding day; the day your child is born; a time when you were in need and someone was kind (or unkind) to you; a conversation with a friend; a look from a stranger that penetrates you deep inside, a moment in a book that impacted you… No matter what these moments look like, somehow your life is irreversibly changed by them. I had one of these moments this year. This moment happened about 7 months ago during a long distance triathlon race in California.
Today I am a highly competitive triathlete, slowly trying to make it up in the triathlon world. I swim, bike, and run a total of about 15 hours per week. But I haven't always been the competitive triathlete that I am today. I haven't always been racing against time trying to beat a PR or earn a podium spot in my age group. Before I discovered the world of triathlon, I was competing in hand-to-hand combat in the kickboxing ring.