For three years in a row I have started my triathlon season with a Half Iron distance event. And for three years in a row, I have said to myself the night before the event: “Why didn’t I start my season with an Olympic distance or a sprint and then build up to the Half distance?” This is the story of the 2014 Black Bear Half Iron Distance Triathlon.
The Boston Marathon! The pinnacle of running races. The zenith of the marathon races. The race that runners from all over the world hope to qualify for one day in their life. The marathon: a distance made famous by the legend of the Greek messenger Pheidippides who nonstop ran from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens and burst into the assembly to announce: νενικήκαμεν (nenikekamen, "we have wοn"). He promptly collapsed and died.
The Rev3 Knoxville race has been on my radar since they started out, but the timing has never worked out for me to race it. The planets aligned correctly this year and I put it on my race calendar as a “must do.”
If there is one race that I have done every year since I got into the sports of triathlon and running, well…. that would be the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler up in Baltimore (really fun race with hot mulled wine, vegan stew, and TONS of cookies at the finish line). If there is a second race that I have done almost every year since I got into triathlon and running, it would be some version of the Rock n’ Roll USA Half Marathon here in Washington DC.