try-a-triAs you probably know, I “try-a-tried” twice (if you do not, click here for a story). Also, as if that was not enough to evoke some rage from certain members on the community I technically “try-a-tried” the same course. And guess what, I’m planning to do it again in 2016. While my husband totally supports my decision to stick to these tiny races, some people claim that “you just do not do that” and try to encourage me to move up to a sprint distance.

Personally, I have no problem with multiple Try-a-Tri distances.  It is still a 375m swim, 10 km bike ride and 2.5 km run. So for someone like me, it is hard enough to compete in and I still struggle on the run, even though I know I can finish the event. Unfortunately, people, especially the ones racing in Subaru series events, see the race as one of these “tester packs” to preview what the triathlon is all about. I guess the name “Try-a-Tri” does not help the case.

At least in the other Ontario serie – “Multisport” this distance is called “Give it a Try”, which I prefer more. It almost gives this “do your best” attitude. And this all of a sudden makes it OK to do it more than once, as long as you work hard and have fun, at least that is what I think.

At the end of the day, I still believe that you can “try-a-tri” as many times as you want and as long as it is still challenging to you as an athlete. So if you struggle, you not only can, but should go back to the same short distance and there’s nothing wrong with doing it again. The only time you shouldn’t go back, is when you already completed longer distances and now go for an easy event (or better position), because this is just not fair to the others.

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