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Adventures with Triathlon

(Extracurricular and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2025) Permanent link   All Posts
Mack Bucki

The endorphin-fueled thrill of an endurance race is what keeps me coming back for more. When I first learned about the Coast Guard Academy, I was thrilled to see that they had a triathlon team. My three favorite sports (swimming, biking, and running) could all be lumped into one big event! Through triathlon club, I met so many awesome people, got to go against some good competition, and pushed through dozens of tough workouts. My favorite race of the season was the TOUGHMAN Olympic Triathlon in Stony Point, New York.

After enjoying the Friday morning of Parents Weekend, a small group of us took a cadet van and headed to the race site. By the time we got to our hotel, the long-drive fatigue has begun to set in. So, we decided to make things simple and eat dinner at the restaurant across the street. Our exhaustion ended up being a blessing in disguise- the food next door was good. In fact, it was some of the best shrimp scampi I’ve ever had! After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to catch some Zs.

The next day, my alarm woke me up at 4AM. We got to the race site early to get our packets and dropped bikes off at transition. All three events went smoothly. The open-water course was one of my favorites and I was able to start off in the lead pack. Although my bike wasn’t the best, a good kick at the end helped me close in on the top five. I dropped the hammer in the last three miles of the run and was able to podium!

However, my favorite part of TOUGHMAN wasn’t the medal I earned. The thing I loved most about TOUGHMAN was that I got to spend an awesome weekend with my friends, family, and coaches. After the race, we headed back to New London. On our way, we stopped at a nice, sit-down café in Mt. Kisco. Their long menu was enough to make a person drool, let alone a bunch of hungry triathletes. I got the turkey club with sweet potato fries and took part in the fourth, most important discipline- eating. The perfect finish to our short yet rewarding season.

Peace Out Fall Semester!