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USAT Olympic Nationals


I’ve only done one triathlon so far, a sprint-distance tri back in August (see here).  Despite my lack of tri experience, this morning I received the following email:

I’ll be honest, I don’t really know much about this event.  Even though you need to qualify for the USA Triathlon Olympic Distance Championships, I assume that it’s not the Boston marathon of running.  Seems like the only qualifying event in the tri world that I routinely hear about is Kona (which, in case you live under a tri rock, is this weekend).

I’m flattered by the invite from USAT for me to hand them $160 (plus travel expenses), but I won’t be signing up for the event, and it’s not just because the thought of a 1500m open-water swim nearly sends me into a panic attack.   There are just too many uncertainties in my life right now for me to commit to an event that is 10 months away.  I’ll likely be a dad by then (sh*t, I think the thought of that is more panic inducing that the thought of a 1500m OWS), and I just don’t know what life will be like with a couple of (possibly) teenagers running around the house.

Maybe one of our future kids wants to be a successful triathlete, and then we could do the event together sometime down the road.  A parent can dream, right?



  1. Congrats on being invited! That in itself seems pretty cool! Now may not be the right time, but who knows what the future will bring?

  2. milesovell says:

    Reblogged this on milessovell and commented:
    Get in gear

  3. That’s awesome you were extended the invitation! I love that you aren’t sure what makes you more nervous 🙂
    I see more tris in your future, so I’m sure you’ll make it again!

  4. Brittany says:

    Congrats! I got in for 2014 too, but I’m the same and feel it is too far out and too expensive (it’s a pretty high entry fee, right?!). Plus I think tri’s are more fun to do when you have friends/family around or participating. Anyway, that is pretty awesome you got in on your first tri!!

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