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eva+nora"During my summer internship program with Cactus TV in Cozumel I signed up for my first Triatlón Olímpico. I’m an 18-year-old girl from Germany whose passion is not only photography but also sports.
So I started training for the competition four weeks beforehand, every morning and every evening, and in between I kept on studying all about photos and images with Tati and Chris."

 

On Sunday, 9th October 2011, the first triathlon in sprint and international distance took place on Cozumel Island, just one and a half months before the grand Ironman.
The Primero Triatlón Sprint y Olímpico gave more than 350 participants from different countries the chance to train for the Ironman, gain up to 2,000$ (approx. 180 US-Dollars),
or compete with other athletes just for fun.

 

cozumel triathlon swimmingIf you love to swim, you are fast with the bike and additionally you are a good runner, don’t hesitate to sign up for this sport event.
It’s a thrilling experience you do not want to miss – training ambitiously, getting to know your limits, and of course meeting amazing new people.
 
Nevertheless the conditions should not be underestimated, at a temperature of 30°C, a high humidity and at times strong current in the Caribbean Sea between Cozumel and the mainland.

 

The Triathlon started at 7.30 a.m. with the swimming discipline. In case of the Olympic distance, the athletes had to swim 1,5km (0.93 miles), go by bike 40km (24.8 miles), and at last run 10km, altogether within the time limit of 3.20h. cozumel triathlon bicycleThe racing bicycles had to be prepared and stationed in the supervised transition zone the evening before, just after a short preliminary meeting in which you get all the information for the race. Depending on how early you decided to participate, the registration costs about 400-700 Mexican Pesos, which also includes the timing chip, a bathing cap, as well as a T-shirt, medal and certification of your participation after having successfully finished the race.

During my summer internship with Cactus TV in Cozumel I signed up for my first Triatlón Olímpico. I’m an 18-year-old girl from Germany whose passion is not only photography but also sports.
So I started training for the competition four weeks beforehand, every morning and every evening, and in between I kept on working or studying with Tati and Chris.


With the ocean next door, it was marvelous to train on the swimming part, my weakest discipline. Actually I’m not an athlete, but I believed in my ambition and will power, and was supported a lot right from the beginning. Moreover, I was just certain that this triathlon would be a lot of fun, a completely new experience and a great challenge for me.


cozumel triathlon athletesWhat stunned and elated me the most was the helpfulness of the other Mexican athletes before and during the race – I didn’t have a racing bike until just two days before the competition when eventually a kind friend lent it to me. I couldn’t understand the Spanish technical terms very well but they didn’t hesitate to translate it for me. And, as this actually was my first triathlon and I didn’t know much about special training methods and equipment, a lot of people offered to help me learning the correct swimming technique and fixing my bike.


Therefore without that much help I would’ve never taken the second place from the women in my category in the end – GRACIAS a todos otra vez!
And don’t miss this experience yourself!