Category Archives: Triathlon

Hood County YMCA Kids Triathlon, August 9th, 2015

100_2920From the organizers of the Hood County YMCA Kids Triathlon:

“It’s that time again! The 2015 Hood County Kids Triathlon is fast approaching and I wanted to be sure to send you the information now that it’s official! The event will be held at the same venue as last year on Sunday August 9th. We continue to update things and strive to improve each year! This year there will be a Sunrise Service for those who would like to attend a church service prior to the event. Attached you’ll find the registration form and below is the link to register online! For the day of the event we will need lots of volunteers to line the course (especially the bike course) to ensure the safety of all participants. If you or someone you know is available that morning to volunteer please respond with contact information! If you have any questions or concerns please let me know!

 All the best,

 Sara Mears

Health and Wellness Coordinator



Eastland Represented at the Hood County YMCA Youth Triathlon

Bonnie Bird (left) and Lily Bird

Bonnie Bird (left) and Lily Bird

Two Eastland youngsters had a great day at the 2014 Hood County YMCA Youth Triathlon in Granbury, Texas on August 3rd.

Lily Bird, 7, was the first place overall female in the mini-tri division, completing a 25 yard swim, 1.5 mile bike ride, and 1/2 mile run. She was one of the leaders in the swim and bike, but her 3:28 run clinched her victory. Lily said that she “Had a lot of fun and felt really good,” but she wished that she could have stayed in the water longer.

Bonnie Bird, 10, won 3rd in the 9-10 age group of the junior tri division. Bonnie completed a 75 yard swim, 2 mile bike ride, and 1 mile run. Bonnie was excited to finish her first triathlon. “It was hard, but it was worth it,” she said.

This race was chip timed by Race Day Event Services, was well-organized, and was lots of fun for the kids and the parents.

Two Upcoming Races on Our Radar

Fall running is around the corner, and with that comes some good races. Here are two that have caught our attention.

1. Rough Creek Trail Run, Glen Rose, Texas

rough_creek_trailrun2On Saturday, September 20, 2014, you can choose from a 10K, half-marathon, marathon, or 40 mile trail run at Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose. This race is number one on my to-do list for September.

Early registration ends August 24.

Check out the website here for registration or more information:


2. Cross Timbers Sprint Triathlon, Stephenville, Texas

If you are interested in a first time triathlon, you won’t find one closer to Eastland than this. Start and finish will be at Tarleton State University’s Wisdom Gym. This is a reverse triathlon, meaning that you run, bike, and then swim last.

The run is a 5k, followed by 14.02 bike ride, and then a 300 meter pool swim inside the gym.

This is a smaller triathlon, which has its benefits. You can register on the day of the race, and you can pick up your packet the day of the race. Also, before September 11, the entry fees are only $55.00.

This is a USAT sanctioned event, so USAT rules apply and membership (or a one-day pass) is required.

Here’s the website:

Race Day Event Services to Host Youth Triathlon in Granbury

What’s more natural for a kid than to love swimming, biking, and running? Mine spend most of their time doing one of the three, whether they’re outside or inside. So why not help them organize that energy, save the house from disaster (for one morning, anyway), and encourage their healthy habits by entering them in a youth triathlon?

Race Day Event Services will be hosting the Hood County YMCA Youth Triathlon on the morning of Sunday, August 3. There are three separate divisions for ages 5-15. Entry fees are only $30.00, but you must register by July 23 to be guaranteed a T-shirt.

This will be a great way to see if your child enjoys the sport of triathlon. Most others in North Texas take place in the Metroplex, have a higher entry fee, and require a USAT membership or one day pass.

For more information or to register, see their website here.

For questions, contact:

Two Helpful Books for Beginning Triathletes

After the Cowtown Marathon next weekend, I’ll be concentrating on triathlon training. Here are a couple of helpful guides I’ve read in preparation.

81zgW+WJf7L__SL1500_The 50 Best Tips EVER for Running Fitter, Faster and Forever

By Scott Welle

Scott Welle has put together a good collection of tips for runners, whether they are beginners or advanced. Though I’ve read lots about running, I still found some new and useful information. And it always helps to get someone else’s perspective.

Welle takes a balanced look at fitness, nutrition, strength, form, mentality, and other factors that affect performance, recognizing that none of these areas can be ignored if one wants to be a competitive runner.

The strength of this book is that it is short and (mostly) straight forward. There are times when Welle gets scientific, and this runner disagrees with some of what he says, but over all this is a great little book and definitely worth the price.


71oRh75OBnL__SL1500_Adults Guide to Better Swimming

By Katie Smith

If you’ve tried to learn how to swim properly as an adult (as I have), you realize that it’s not easy. Trying to break 30 year’s worth of bad habits, while learning concepts like bilateral breathing and correct pull technique, gets complicated. Katie Smith realizes that and does a great job of simplifying the task by breaking it down into easy steps.

This guide is short and sweet. I’ve read longer, more detailed books, but this one along with a good video and a training session or two is all that you need to get off to a good start.




Sosebee Competes in Second Lubbock Triathlon

Lamont Sosebee joined 135 other athletes to compete in the Tri Raider Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, June 29 in Lubbock. The event was part of the 24th annual Lubbock Ironman.


Sosebee (red shirt) at the Tri Raider Triathlon

The sprint triathlon consisted of a 500 meter swim, 17.6 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run on the same course where Lamont raced in May. This was the first time for Lamont to race on his new bike, and it made a difference; he dropped over 10 minutes from his previous time on the bike course (1:09:19 to 58:36).

Due to a storm full of lightning, officials called the race just after Lamont reached the half-way point of the run. Results were calculated based upon the completed swim and bike times, putting him in 6th place in the 40-44 age group.

Next year, Lamont plans to complete the Half Ironman, which will mean a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13. 1 mile run. While it sounds impossible to many of us, it’s just another workout for Lamont.

Comanche Warrior Triathlon September 7

image descriptionThe 2013 Comanche Warrior Triathlon will be on September 7 in Big Spring, Texas. The course is a 500 meter open water swim in Comanche Trail Lake, a 30K out and back bike ride, and a 5k run on a scenic course that’s entirely in a park (no open roads).

Two of us from Eastland went last year (Lamont Sosebee and John Bird) and thought it was a great race. Besides the good course, it was well organized, had relatively low entry fees, and had the best post race dinner ever.

You can find out more about this USAT sanctioned event or register here.