For the past few months, I have been blogging and detailing my life as a paratriathlete. But last night I came to the realization that perhaps you, the reader, don’t know the specifics of paratriathlon. So class, let’s get ready for a little lesson! I’m new to this too so I am constantly learning new things about paratriathlon!
There are currently 6 paratriathlon categories.
TRI 1- Physically challenged athletes who use a hand cycle on the bike course and a racing chair on the run.
TRI 2- Severe leg impairment Above knee amputees
TRI 3- Les Autre. This category includes athletes with MS, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy and so on.
TRI 4- Arm impairment amputees or paralysis of the arm (s).
TRI 5- Slight leg impairment below knee amputees
TRI 6- Visual impairment. Athletes race with a handler.
We do not race against those in other categories. For example, I am a TRI 5 and only race against other females in TRI 5. I would not race against a TRI 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6.
Paratriathlon was officially accepted into the Paralympic Games in December 2010 following a campaign called, Back the Bid. Check out the awesome video by clicking the link! It will make its debut in Rio in 2016!
So now you know a little bit more about paratriathlon.
Tuesday night, I was fortunate enough to be included in a CAF fundraiser at the new Athleta store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The store was beautiful and the Athleta team members were so wonderful! Tina Pauley put together another great event! If you haven’t checked out their work-out clothing, you should!
This weekend is the San Diego Triathlon Challenge, Challenged Athletes Foundation’s biggest weekend of the year. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to it!! If you are in the San Diego area, come check it out and be inspired!!! Monday’s post will detail the big event 🙂