This Sunday is the St. Anthony's triathlon, down in St. Pete, Florida (where I was born and raised). As many of you might know, the St. Anthony's Youth triathlon was my very first triathlon back in 1988 (I was 8 years old - 20 years ago, holy crap!), so this race definitely holds a special place in my heart.
I raced in the youth triathlon until I was 13, then took a long hiatus from triathlons until after college. My dad has always been involved in St. Anthony's, ever since the mid-80's, and he will once again be on the mic in the transition area. Go up and say hi to him - he's very nice :) Later in the race, he splits mic time with Jerry McNeil at the finish line. Jerry knows things about your triathlon career that you don't even know!
Marty and I fly down Friday afternoon, and we're going to hit the Mad Dog party on Friday night. That's always a good time. It's nice to do races down there since we get to stay at my mom's and relax instead of in a hotel room. And of course my dad hooks us up with all sorts of VIP perks. One of our friends always teases me about how much my dad talks about me to other people, but seriously, if your dad can't be your number one fan who can?!
So, the race. Last year it was my total 'A' race and I trained hard for it. I was also only working part time so had the opportunity to put in a lot of good sessions. I ended up having a great race for myself and PR'ing big time for an Olympic distance event. I haven't been able to train as much this year, but don't think that doesn't mean I'm not going to go out there and do the best that I possibly can! A few weeks ago I was contemplating switching my entry from elite to age group, but after seeing the wave starts, I am so glad I didn't! The elite women start just before 7, but my age group doesn't go off until just before 9! At least the weather is looking good (i.e. not too hot).
And I leave with you a picture of me finishing the race last year. Definitely not the most flattering, I know! Complete with my patented tongue hanging out. Some things never change.