I am so excited to share a message from Victoria with you. We made friends via social media 10 years ago and have had the best emails / texts since then. I was so happy to finally meet her in Utah last year and introduce her to Cafe Rio. I've always been so inspired by everything she does and her story, so I feel so lucky that she wrote an article for today! Enjoy!
Hello HRG readers! I'm Victoria, a nuclear engineer living with my husband in Washington, DC, and although like Janae I love to run, I really enjoy triathlons. I am going to share with you today my journey of qualification and competition at the triathlon world championships.
Like some of you, I've been reading Janae's blog for about ten years now (!) And I love how open, friendly and inspiring she is with her stories of running and life. One of the highlights of my 2019 was when we got to meet in person when I passed through Utah for work. As a bonus, we had Cafe Rio and she gave me a pep talk before my speed training the next day. It was magic and I nailed my intervals. It was either the pep talk or Cafe Rio, maybe both.
Additionally, we suspect that we are long lost parents because we were born with the same last name. I'm still working on tracking family trees to find the connection. In the meantime, I've invited myself to the next family reunion, once we can all travel and reunite.
I started triathlons in 2011, and although I was trained as a swimmer, I was not very good at cycling and running. I used to finish in the middle third of the field in races and was impressed with the people who qualified for national and world championships. Is it cool to go to national or world championships in a sport that you like?
In 2013 I was determined to qualify for the Nationals for 2014 because it was going to be in my hometown of Milwuakee, WI. To do this, I should be in the top 10% of my age group in a USA Triathlon sanctioned race. I found a race that had a big field so there would be a lot of spots, and I qualified last for my age group. I was so happy!
I had predicted that the national championships would be the highlight of my 2014 season, although I was sure I would be almost last there. I ended up injuring my foot shortly before the race, but still competed because a physiotherapist told me it was just ligament strain, established a PR and hit the nail on the head. middle of my age group. I also broke my foot during the race. Don't be me.
For redemption, I was determined to heal and qualify to return next year. I actually won my age group in a race this fall, so I qualified to compete in 2015. That year I was focusing on a quick run at the national championships and I got to 50eIn my age group! It was over 150 people, all of whom qualified to be there, and I was amazed at how successful I had been. The best 18 players can go to the world championships, and I was about 6 minutes away. In a 2.5 hour race this seemed like something manageable so I set my sights on qualifying for the world championships at the 2016 nationals.
Ahead of the 2016 Nationals I trained more hours than ever before and knowing it would be in Omaha, Northeast in mid-August, I made sure I was ready for conditions. hot and humid. I did so many midday runs at home in DC to make sure I knew how to handle these conditions - it was brutal, but I was focused on my goal. I didn't know if I would be able to do it because the ground at the national championships was so fast. At the start of the race I didn't think I had gained enough speed in the last year to make the top 18, but I would do my best. I got lost swimming (open water observation is difficult), had a slower cycling time than the previous year, and had several times when I was ready to give up my goal. Every time I considered quitting, I reminded myself that the race was not over until the very end and that anything can happen, and I got back to work. I finished the bike and my husband shouted at me that I was in 10e place. Since there were 18 places for the worlds, I still had a chance.
At the start of the race, at least ten people in my age group passed me in the first two kilometers. It was disheartening, but it was hot, sunny and humid, and I knew what I had to do to manage my race in these conditions. I kept my level of effort suited to what was going on, soaked up my salt and hydration and focused on my own run. Halfway through, I started ironing women in my age group as they struggled in the heat and humidity. I was getting pretty delusional from the hard effort and the heat myself, and wasn't sure where I was two miles from the end, but knew I was close to 'a place for worlds, so I gave it my all, crossed the finish line and immediately fell.
Finally, I was able to get up, sit in an ice bath that had been set up for the athletes, and my husband checked my finish spot. 19e - which sounds horrible when 18 people qualify for the worlds, but the slots are rolling and I knew at least three people ahead of me who had no plans to go to the worlds next year. I was in it!
Being on the US team for the triathlon world championships is pretty cool. I went to Rotterdam in the Netherlands with our elite athletes (I was competing in the age group race for women 35-39, I was NOT competing against Olympians or anything like that) . I got to wear the American team uniform, race some of the fastest women my age around the world.
After proving to myself that I could do it, I qualified for the World Championships in a few other events, including aquabike (swim bike), aquathlon (swim race) and duathlon (race-bike. -race). My husband also qualified in aquabike and aquathlon and we were able to compete at the world championships together in aquathlon in 2019! It was a real treat.
I don't think this is all an extraordinary sporting achievement - what I'm most proud of is that I started out poor and slowly improved until I could qualify for the World Championships. world in my age group. Diligence and hard work can help you improve when you stick to something, and even if you're not great at the very start, you can do things that seemed impossible with enough time and dedication.
Have you ever done a triathlon? Do you want? If you want it and haven't, what must you do to make it happen?
Did you accomplish something you never dreamed of? How did you get there? Brag away, you deserved it!
Did anyone else do an international race? How was it?
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