Never in my wildest dreams would I have dared to think that I would be able to continue racing in multisport events or at another USA Triathlon championship event. After three successful hip surgeries with Dr. Allston Stubbs of Wake Forest University, multiple medical bike fits with Dr. Andy Pruitt at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, great physical therapy and a ton of support from my family and friends, I am able to ride again — something I am so happy about.
As you know, there are aquathons, duathlons, triathlons of all distances and other multisport events and every distance you can imagine. Until recently, there had not been a swim/bike race option for individuals who could not or did not want/need to run again. Now at last I can return to racing on the national circuit and be a part of the first ever USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championship!
It seems that it has taken the aquabike event a long to emerge as a championship. Research indicates that hip, knee and ankle arthritis acquired through impact sports cause many multisport athletes to quit the sport completely, often with the mentality that “If I can’t run, it is not really a multisport race.” This mentality is disappearing as aquabike events are now the pathway to the continuation of multisport lifestyles.
Over that past five years, there has been a strong calendar world-wide of aquabike events along with other traditional multisport events. Without any more delay, we as the USA Triathlon membership base has the critical mass of participants to justify an inaugural Aquabike National Championship, set for this June in Richmond, Virginia.
So now I challenge you to be part of something special and take part of this first-ever national championship event.
Like the beginnings of the Ironman “friend’s race,” Aquabike Nationals are for the very fit and offer all the challenges of the traditional multisport events. You might think that this event is easier than an Olympic-distance triathlon, but based on my experience I would say that is wrong! If you want a power output and perceived-exertion challenge, you will find just that and more with this event.
Plus, this is the perfect chance to set a national record — how often can we say that?
The USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championship will offer a chance for you to set records, have fun and be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime, first-time national championship. Join me at the Aquabike National Championship on June 24, 2012, in Richmond and be part of something special!