I hadn’t raced an indoor tri in over eight years, and it was so great to see familiar faces with such enthusiasm and excitement from all involved. I was reminded of how fun this sport is, and what a great way to introduce people to it by doing an indoor. One competitor in my heat had never swum before but the pool was only 3’7″, so she was able to walk the swim. When speaking with her after the race, she was all smiles and stated, “this week, I am starting swim lessons!”
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Sunday was the final stop of the Midwest Indoor Tri-Classic Series, one of the longest running indoor tri series in the area. (I competed in my first one in 1993!). The race was located in Woodridge.
It consisted of a 10-minute swim, 10-minute transition, 20 minutes on the stationary bike, a 5-minute transition and a 15-minute run on the track. This series had something for everyone, with competitors ranging from ages 12-82. While speaking to one local competitor, Dan Ganzer, 55, of Lemont said he liked to use the series as a way to stay sharp and focused during the winter, when most Midwest folks are training inside. The competition broke up the monotony of long indoor rides, and solo runs, either in or outside.
With over 100 people competing between wave one a 7 a.m. to the final heat at 11:20 a.m., the support staff and volunteers kept the energy going all morning long. The crew for the bike portion danced and sang along to the music blaring on the basketball court, transformed into a cycling studio, while others helped fan the athletes, providing water and encouragement along the way. The family-friendly atmosphere also provided kids the opportunity to cheer on their parents or siblings while enjoying time in the athlete lounge for the post race party.
WIth another year of successful races in the books, this series looks ahead to 2020 and hopefully continued success.