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My Biggest Year in Triathlon Career by Amy Davis!
2021 was a big year in my triathlon career thus far. I completed my first two half ironmans and won 1st in my age group in many sprints and standard length triathlons. However, the highlight of my racing season had the opportunity to represent Team USA at the Duathlon World Championships in Aviles, Spain, on November 6. The journey to this goal started almost two years ago and included two canceled qualifying races due to Covid. In addition, the World Championship race was also canceled, the location was changed, and it was rescheduled at the last minute, which didn’t provide me with as much time to train as I would have liked.
Competing for Team USA
Nonetheless, it was indeed a magical experience being able to represent the red, white, and blue while competing against the fastest duathletes in the world. I met many incredible Americans from all over the country and left the race with many new friends. The week leading up to the race was spent adjusting to the time difference, participating in team meetings and rides, and soaking up the experience of being in a foreign country surrounded by superb athletes.
The morning of the race felt almost like a dream. It was a little chilly early in the morning, and I supported an oversized puffy jacket into transition, which stuck out among the other athletes. To be allowed into the transition area, you had to get your uniform and bike checked by officials that did not speak English. After passing this step, I entered transition and racked my bike while enjoying a breathtaking view of the sun rising over the water.
The Gun Goes Off
Before I knew it, the race was about to start. I shredded my puffy jacket and headed to the start line. Athletes were assigned different starting groups based on age and gender. I started with women aged 15-39. When the race gun went off, the group sprinted off at a 5:15/mile pace. It took me a few minutes to get into my running groove, and I found myself in a group with an athlete from Great Britain and one from Spain. We paced each other well, and before I knew it, the first run was complete.
The bike was the most exhilarating part of the race, except crossing the finish line. It was a draft legal race meaning you could be inches away from another biker and take advantage of them blocking the wind and pulling you, so you don’t have to work as hard. Athletes form groups, and each person takes their turn at the front of the pack. I had never participated in a draft legal race before, as most triathlons are non-drafting due to aero bars, so this was quite an experience for me.
The last run was speedy, and I could hear the announcer at the finish line most of the way. As I rounded the corner to the finish line, our team manager handed us an American flag, and I finished close to a fellow American athlete who was neat. I finished tenth in my age group and top American.
So Many Emotions
I was overrun with emotions the rest of the day as I had just accomplished a dream that I had been working on for quite some time. It can be easy to get caught up in the mundaneness of training and forget why you started racing.
However, having the opportunity to race with Team USA on my chest was an opportunity I will cherish. This experience renewed my spirits and reminded me why I wake up early and train after a long day at work.
It is truly an experience that I will never forget. ~ Amy Davis