Kelsey, the Olympic Triathlete

Kelsey has been training to do an Ironman Triathlon, which is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, followed by a 26.2 mile run, for a total distance of 140.6 miles.

In order to build up to this, she has been doing self-timed races of smaller distances, beginning with what is called a “sprint triathlon,” which is half of the distance of an Olympic triathlon (0.47 mi swim, 12 mi bike, 3.1 mi run).

Last weekend, she completed her first self-timed Olympic triathlon, which is a 0.93 mile swim, followed by a 25 mile bike ride, followed by a 6.2 mile run, in 3 hours and 52 minutes, which was under her target time of four hours.

Since we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and we are trying to keep ourselves and others safe by staying home as much as possible, she needed to create a route that began and ended at our house for each of the three legs. This meant swimming upriver from our dock for about half a mile, then turning around and coming back, and the same with the bike route and the run.

Kelsey swimming in the Hudson River with a swim cap and goggles with the shoreline in the background.
I safety boated for Kelsey while she swam, but she was never far from shore.
Kelsey on her bike at the start of the cycling portion of the triathlon.
The beginning of the 25 mile cycling portion.
Kelsey in an exhausted victory pose with fists in the air on the back porch.
Tired, but done!

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