My wife, Mary, completed all three events last year. I was totally impressed at the way REV3 puts on a triathlon party. I caught the fever last August, and wanted to join my lovely wife in doing a tri. There was just one problem—I couldn’t swim. Not a problem. If you’re willing to humble yourself and believe that old dogs can learn new tricks, you can do amazing things.
I joined the world of triathlons in June, completing the spring Pirate Tri at Point Sebago. I even began to like being in the water, which was so weird for me, given how I hated every training session for the first six weeks I was in the pool.
I thought I might swim, bike, and run the OOB event, but knee problems ruled out pushing up to a 10K run. That’s when Mary and I got the idea of doing the family thing and teaming up with our son, Mark.
Of course, when you crash your bike 2+ weeks before the event, crack your rib, and puncture your lung, you figure you blew it and let everyone down. Not to worry. Following an aggressive approach and believing I could get back on the bike in time, I’m here in OOB, exciting to be cranking out some miles in a few hours. Mary will set the tone with a 7:30 swim. Mark will bring it on home for us with when he crushes the 10K.
OOB is a trip, just watching the people. It’s even more fun being able to take part in a great event like this one, filled with some amazing professionals, too.
Onward and upward!!