Even in a really difficult year, we still have much to be thankful for. And we can all appreciate the little joys in life. Here are some things that make our USA Triathlon staff members grateful. What are you grateful for this year?
The triathlon community
Even in a difficult year, there are people in the triathlon community who continue to motivate and inspire us to be great.
We're spending more time than ever outside, and this year has allowed us to find hidden gems and new trails to run and bike.
We're stronger than we know
This year has proven we can persevere and do the hard things in life. You know, like working from home during a pandemic — while also home-schooling our children. And working out with a mask on. And managing stress. We're triathletes, we're strong.
A greater appreciation
For races! For group rides! For club meetups! For swimming in a pool! We can't wait for these things to return in 2021.
A new connection with the outdoors
Without the pressures of hitting a PR, training this year allowed us to enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors. The peace and quiet. The beauty. The sunshine.
We published an entire article in USA Triathlon Magazine about gardening being a new, satisfying quarantine hobby for so many triathletes.
We can still do swim exercises at home with out the pool!
Our sport's Power Within
The sport inspires every day. From Chris Nikic's historic IRONMAN finish, to fun adaptations athletes took to their training and our U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls grinding for another year, triathlon reveals our Power Within.
The unsung heroes of our sport. Race directors do so much behind the scenes work to organize and host your favorite local events. It's been an incredibly challenging year for race directors, and we're hopeful they can bounce back in 2021 and host the events we love.
Heroes on the front lines
And last but not least, we're thankful for our medical workers who are fighting COVID-19 every day as this pandemic now reaches into the new year.