Tavian Bryant – Marathon #37 – Marine Corps MarathonTavian Bryant
Four years ago I was looking for a way to challenge myself and get in shape. I decided I was going to set a goal to complete 40 marathons. The latest marathon in pursuit of the goal was the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Virginia and surrounding areas. The Marine Corps Marathon was marathon #37, which means I am closing in on the goal. This particular marathon had been at the top of my list for about four years. This was the first year I was able to coordinate everything and scratch this one off the list. There were so many reasons why I wanted to make this event one of the forty. The first reason was the size and quality of the handcycle field. There’s usually sixty or more handcycles in the race. Most of the time this includes some of the best handcyclist in the country. I always look forward to finding myself in the middle of a competitive environment like this. Another reason why I was looking forward to this one was the scenic course that included a view of many historical memorials and monuments. In the end its nice to find myself in competitive environments, essentially completing an off-season training ride in a new place I’ve never been to before. New handcycling experiences like these definitely keep things fun and interesting. I’ve been training hard throughout this off-season, and I am ready for the off-season to come to an end. I’m looking forward to my first handcycle road race series of the 2020 season. I’ll kick off my 2020 campaign in February in Arizona at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race. I see a bunch of new personal records in store for me in Arizona, and I am setting my goals toward that end.