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Training Journal

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Summertime Blues Triathlon

Mark Junkans

I just had the blessing of witnessing my daughter finish her first triathlon. Victoria did great and had fun doing it. At the end of her bike she yelled out "that wasn't cool." It was only 15 miles, but had two hill climbs over the Intercoastal Waterway in Freeport. She also won first place in her age group. I was super proud of her for putting her mind to it and, not only finishing, but never stopping.

After I finished my race, I waited for her to come in off the bike and ran the 5k alongside her. At one point she told me to be quiet, as I kept telling her who ahead of her she should catch. She had a great kick at the end and passed two ladies who were in front of her.

I entered the small elite wave and got third. I made sure to hold back both on the bike and the run so I didn't hurt myself two weeks out from Ironman Louisville. Still, I had the fastest run split in my division and second overall. It was a really fun day.