Final Summer Race: YoungTri Takes West Point Triathlon

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The West Point Triathlon was my last summer race before heading into the fall racing season. I wore my Harvard jersey alongside many of the West Point athletes {both teams are in the NECTC – New England Collegiate Triathlon Conference. Stay tuned for a post on the NECTC tomorrow, as well as more features during the fall season}.

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Camp Buckner – site of the race

The race took place at Camp Buckner, about 30 minutes from my house. My cousins had car trouble and arrived less than five minutes before transition closed, so my dad and I helped set up the other 5 Beggs’ transition areas quickly! 7 Beggs total completed the West Point Tri this year — missing a few!

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Transition Area

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YT Contributor Alex is on the West Point Tri team & was at the race also

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Before the swim start… rockin’ the cone head look!

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Team RWB was represented quite a bit at the race.

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…And we’re off!

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Coming out of the water

My aunt Leah on the bike!

My aunt Leah on the bike!

Post-race selfies

Post-race selfies

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After the race! #selfies

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Same number! Lol

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The 4 Begg girls that raced after the finish!

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Dancing after the race (I was terrible)

My cousin Erin placed third in her age group, Alex got second in the cadet category, my dad placed second in the clydesdale category, and I got second in the Athena category! For the full results, click here.

The West Point Tri is always a favorite for me, since I did my very first triathlon there in 2005. I’m excited to race again there next year again with my family! It’s always a nice way to wrap up the summer racing season.

What was your favorite end of summer race?

Tri Hard,

Caity

Thought for the day: Take the road less traveled

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Morning drive to West Point Triathlon

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

Oftentimes the right path isn’t the most easy or convenient one. Do what you know is best for you long-term – no matter how difficult it may be now.

{Take the road less traveled} 

Tri Hard,

Caity

West Point Triathlon: Sign Up!

Looking for something to do on August 18th? Want to compete in another late summer race? {Sign up for the West Point Triathlon!}

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The West Point Triathlon is one of my favorite events, both for the proximity to home (about 30 minutes) as well as the atmosphere of the race. The distances of the race are a 800m swim, a 25k bike and a 5k run. The course is quite scenic and difficult — with lush greens and rolling hills — and many of the West Point cadets/triathlon team members compete. It’s quite fun to compete alongside such talented triathletes!

I’ll be racing on the 18th, and so will seven of my other family members and some YoungTri friends from North Carolina! Will you? Sign up!

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Camp Bruckner, the site of the West Point Triathlon!

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My first triathlon at West Point in 2005

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The family at WP!

If you live in another area of the country (or world) and won’t be able to make the race, you can check out more information about the West Point Triathlon team and the amazing things they’re doing (they’ve won seven national championships) here!

Tri Hard,

Caity

Transition Talk: Tri Beginnings [West Point]

Flashback to August of 2005.

Pre-braces. Pre-middle school. Pre-triathlons. My identity was formed largely as a combination of my days of swimming competitively, playing lacrosse, creative writing, and other random hobbies. Triathlons were not a part of my life. Yet.

Looking back, I never would have thought that a quick trip up to West Point in mid-August of 2005 would forever change this.

I was first introduced into the triathlon world through the West Point Kids Triathlon. When I heard about the race only about a half hour away from my house, I was eager to participate. The day I headed up was a sweltering August day. I knew none of the “tricks of the trade” of the triathlon world, and the world “triathlon” was as new to me as the numbers freshly inked on my arms pre-race. I was not six foot one, I was more along the lines of five foot four or so. I was little (well, relatively). I was young. I was a wide-eyed, blonde-haired pre-middle schooler looking to try something new.

I made the rookie mistake of doing the whole race in my bathing suit. No shorts during the run = cuts on my thighs after the race (haha). No idea how to transition = me taking forever to tie my shoes. It was nice, in a sense… the way in which all the little kids approached the sport that day. With such raw excitement and a lack of meticulous planning. Sometimes I wonder how many of those who raced with me that August of 2005 fell in love with the sport the same way I did.

I had so much fun that day that it led to a passion for the sport, the next seven summers involving tons of triathlons. (This probably had a little bit to do with the fact that we got free ice pops after the race. It was awesome). I still look forward each summer to traveling to races with my cousins. Each summer when I head back to West Point for the non-kids triathlon, I’m reminded of my tri beginning. 🙂

That sunny day in West Point was the beginning of me discovering one of my passions. Nine years later, it’s hard for me to imagine a time when I wasn’t racing!

I’m  sure that I’m not the only one who looks fondly back on their tri beginning… many of us were probably introduced to the sport in a number of unique ways. Where did you get your tri start? How? And what has it meant to you?

And if you’re still struggling to find an inspiration to dive into triathlons, or to reach that next milestone in the sport… try to approach it with the same raw enthusiasm as a kid in a mini-race. Sometimes, a sense of enthusiasm and a lack of over-analyzing is the best way to go for your next goal. Easier said than done, but try it. You never know, it may lead to a whole new tri beginning… filled with new accomplishments, people and goals.

Tri Hard,

Caity

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Kids transition area… the bikes a bit smaller 🙂