Tri Santa CruzAndre Barbieri
Fellows! I’m here today to tell yet another story of a successful triathlon, this one in the beautiful city of Santa Cruz. It’s a really scenic course and very organized event.
There were 3 other challenged athletes besides me, each one missing one of their arms. We talked like we’ve known each other… It’s an amputee thing I learned!
The water was as cold as expected and after a great swim, there was a long way “crutching” to transition, that ate some considerable time. Good news is that my overall time improved, even with a not so good run – a few uphills punished me.
I did it, one more under the belt! This was an extremely special one: It was the first time my dad saw me racing! He was visiting from Brasil, and we had a great trip together. Even more special, it was Father’s Day in Brasil, so I dedicated the race to him, with a bear hug at the finish line and I gave him my medal. It was very emotional. Another good friend and sponsor made the trip to see me, Dan Goddard from Backyard Bowls. (backyardbowls.com)
That was a memorable weekend:) Cheers to many more of those! Next events lined up are the Santa Barbara Triathlon and then a big one in Tempe, Arizona. Stay tuned and thank you for reading!