2015 Monterrey CAMTRI Triathlon Pan American ChampionshipAndre Barbieri
I bring really good news from my last race, the Pan American Paratriathlon Championship in Monterrey, Mexico. The place was beautiful, inside this Park called Fundidora. Swimming was in a fantastic canal (a first for me), and the Bike part looked like it was designed for Formula 1, full of curves, which made for a beautiful show for those watching.
I had been specifically training strong for this event, because the PanAm counts valuable, extra points for my #Road2Rio campaign, making it one of the most important races of my year. We also did a drastic change on my bike, I am now cycling without a specific Bike Prosthesis. It’s just a socket that attaches to the seat post, which makes for really good leverage where I push off, and use only my “able” leg to do most of the work. Believe it or not, I’m actually faster with one leg!
It’s well known at this point that running is my weakness, although I’ve been working hard on it. On this particular Race I had one of my best performances, besides a great swim and a reasonable bike split. Add on top of those, 2 fast transitions, and with all that I was able to hold my opponents, and kept the Second Place from Start to Finish! I am extremely happy being the Runner-Up of the Americas! It was very tense, during the whole 1hour and 18min I felt I was being hunted!
I was dreaming and visualizing the podium, but I knew that on the actual Race it would be much harder. The feeling I had when I crossed that Finish Line was priceless! This was a big step on my #Rio2016 journey, and a landmark for Brazil.
Thank you Team PossAbilities for making this possible, Thank you also to Team Brazil for all the support over there, and Thank you to everyone that’s following my campaign! Sending a strong heartfelt hug to everyone!