The Rookie Tri last weekend blasted off the local triathlon season, and what a great day of racing, camaraderie and fun!
Eleven of the 15 Bicycle World Racing Team athletes showed up at Walter E. Long Memorial Park for the 300-meter swim, 11-mile bike ride and 2-mile run. The weather was perfect. The spectators were awesome. The volunteers were fantastic. And the racing was fast.
Our own Paul ‘Barny’ Matthews was the overall winner, and Natasha Van Der Merwe locked down the women’s overall win. BW athletes Haley Koop and Doreen Redenius rounded out the women’s top three spots. The BW women took six of the top 10 places overall, with Quincey Arey in 5th, Brandi Swicegood in 7th (and 1st in her age group) and Carly Conrad in 8th. Padre Mora made his podium debut, winning his age group. Aaron Shapley took the W for his age group as well. Todd Sapio was the 8th male finisher in the uber-competitive open division. And CP Ross finished 5th in his age group of fast dudes.
Now, it’s time to start looking ahead to the next races. Natasha and Doreen head to the Chattanooga 70.3 next week. We’ll be following along and cheering from afar. And the CapTex Tri kicks off at Auditorium Shores the following week.
If you’re racing CapTex, you won’t want to miss Bicycle World’s next clinic on May 19: Conquer Open Water Swimming with Coach Casey Arendt of Go the Distance Coaching. She will discuss swim training and techniques and share tips for open water swimming. Casey Arendt is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach and a SlowTwitch Coaching certified triathlon swimming coach. You don’t want to miss these words of wisdom, so join us for the knowledge and stay for the great company!
Before we get too focused on the next race, though, let’s take some time to bask in the glory of the Rookie. The best thing about the Rookie is that for many it’s their first dip of the toe into the triathlon world. It can be terrifying, exhilarating and, it’s almost always a downright blast. Which often leads to addiction to the sport.
Joy Marpa was one of those Rookies on Sunday. In April, she didn’t own a bike. Now, she can officially call herself a triathlete, and she’s planning a whole season of triathlons. Read her amazing story below. Thanks, Joy, for sharing your experience and letting Bicycle World be a part of your journey! We’re super proud of you!