This past Sunday, on July 14th, Jennie Finch, two-time softball Olympian, competed in the Olympic-distance Aquaphor New York City Triathlon. The race included at 1500m swim through the Hudson River, a 40k bike race along Manhattan’s West Side highway, and a 10k run through Central Park. The race concluded in that order with over 3,000 athletes competing in the race.
Even though this was Finch’s 3rd triathlon experience, she is still learning the tricks of the trade. She mentioned many times throughout her training that she has been focusing on her transitions throughout the race.
One of Finch’s main fears was for the open water swim. The race would involve just short of a one-mile open water swim all going in one direction across the fierce Hudson River. Finch had a little hardship training for the swim due to living alligator country in Louisiana. Training in local ponds and swimming holes were a bit nerve-racking since several fish or possibly gators kept touching her in the dark water! Even after those close calls, Finch says the swimming portion of the triathlon has become her favorite part.
Another focus for Finch was to maintain hydration during the race. Finch packed lots of water. She also packed many packs of Gu gel to get electrolytes and bursts of energy.
Finch finished the race in 2 hours and 51 minutes and placed 34th in her division. Below is a video showing her sprinting through finish line. At the end, Finch’s son Ace begged her to not participate in anymore triathlons but we’ll see if this Olympian can stay seated on the bench.
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Event Website: http://www.nyctri.com/
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