Happy for their success, I also wondered what motivates a person to put themselves through such torture. For several months prior to the event, Karen toyed with the idea of entering the triathlon but didn’t have a road bike. She knew the only way she could participate was as a member of a team. Just so happens, a few doors down from Karen’s office sits Shannon who owns a road bike and just next door to Karen sits Henry who has a passion for running. Since Karen swims, Henry runs and Shannon is the only one with the road bike, voila … “Team Grand” was formed!
"Team Grand" (from left: Karen, Henry and Shannon)
Then, the fun began – training for the event! One of the advantages of competing in the triathlon as a team is that you only have one leg of the event to focus on making it easier to manage a crazy work schedule and family commitments along with training. So, Karen swam twice a week, Henry ran every day and Shannon, well, the triathlon was only the 2nd time she had been on her road bike all year but she did go on the occasional mountain bike ride!
With no expectations other than to just have fun and feeling inspired after Henry actually made it to the event by 6:10am that morning, “Team Grand” was ready to compete. Karen was up first for the swimming leg of the event – a ¾ mile swim across Lake Catamount. With hopes of not coming in last, Karen swam through the water in just 23:36.7. Meanwhile, Henry and Shannon waited patiently for their opportunity. The second leg of the event was biking. Shannon’s biggest fear was being disqualified as the rules for this leg are quite lengthy. Biking 22.4 miles in only 1:09:25.5, Shannon kept the team in good position avoiding disqualification. All that was left was the running leg. It was up to Henry to keep the pace and not let the team down. The months of training paid off, Henry ran the 4 mile course in just 29:38.4. Surprised and delighted, “Team Grand” took 3rd place in the co-ed relay team division.