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My journey as a triathlete started a few years ago when I was out for a long run while marathon training. While on that run I passed by a large sign advertising for @im703middleeast. I thought, “Woah, there are people out there who do races where you swim, bike, and THEN run?! That’s just crazy! I’d never be able to do that". The following year I met a few people who were training for that race and they kept encouraging me to give it a “tri”. So, after months of hearing them talk about their training…their swims, the long runs, and their big weekend bike ride, I gave in and bought a bike. I contacted @sarahcyclist and she got me connected with @cyclingbees. She, along with those awesome ladies, helped me get comfortable on my bike and get used to riding with a group. That year, in 2017, I completed my first 70.3 (with my first Sprint being a few weekends before that), and I was hooked! Then summer rolled around and I thought, “This next year is going to be a big year. I’m turning 30, so I want to push myself and see what more I can do!" A friend of mine had just completed a full Ironman and it had me wondering if that’s something I could actually do. I mean, I had only just started cycling that year. BUT the seed had been planted, and I wanted to see just how far I could push myself. So, after looking at races, I saw that Ironman Lake Placid just so happened to be the same weekend as my birthday, and I knew that that’s the one I needed to do!
I started to train. I would teach during the day followed by whatever training session I had lined up that evening. Months passed and hours of swimming, cycling, and running! I started cycling with a group who really helped me get better as a cyclist (thanks @skate_shack_bh ). I completed Ironman 70.3 Bahrain, Dubai AND Oman before really cranking up the training and FINALLY on July 28th, I heard Mike Reilly ( @ironmanvoice ), call me an Ironman as I crossed the finish line of Ironman Lake Placid. Dream come true and best birthday weekend ever! ~ Casie Pittman [ @casiep4 ] #humansoftriathlon