We've loved having
Mary Schade race with us for many years. And she
brings relay teams of newbies women to the Ladies'
Choice races annually...her way of giving them a taste
of triathlon! Here's her tri story.
my first Tri many moons ago and did all three legs! I
thought to myself this is nuts!
However, I continue to do the Sprint Tri [Tune up Tri]
at the beginning of each season. My only goal was not to
be last. Iím glad to admit Iíve managed to not be last.
Motherís Day Tri [Ladiesí Choice] I thought would be a
good race to introduce my lady friends to Triathlons. I
would gather friends for a ĎSchadey Ladiesí triathlon
relay race. Each year I tried to gather a different
group of ladies to participate in the relay with me. The
ladies were so excited to be a part of a triathlon. I
always did the swim part of the race.
into my 75th year I hope to do a Tri this year.
Charlie has been
one of our regulars for the last couple of race seasons.
His enthusiasm is infectious!
Hello. My name is Charlie
Rossi. Several years ago, through a medical accident I
lost the feeling and use of my left leg from the knee
down. There was a time where it was uncertain if I would
get any function back or not. After additional back
surgery and extensive rehab, I was able to get partial
functionality back, but I had to wear an Ankle-Foot
Orthotic (AFO) to assist my ability to walk. As a result
of all of this decrease in mobility, I packed on the
pounds and became less active than I had been. Fed up
with my circumstance, in 2015, I started working out
regularly, and was happy to find out that I could
actually run while wearing the AFO. After about a year,
I decided to give it a shot without the AFO, and I was
pleased to know that with some gait-modification, I
could run without the AFO. My goal then became to lose
100 pounds, which I did in 2017.
With my new mindset and
increased mobility, I signed up for a Tri It Now sprint
triathlon, and I immediately became hooked. It was late
in the Tri season, so I had to wait until 2018 to give
it a real shot. In 2018 and 2019, I completed all of the
available Tri It Now triathlons...and loved every minute
of it. In all 10 races, I was fortunate to podium in all
of them for my age group (55-59), and in two of them I
reached the podium for Overall Male. Quite the surprise
to me. With 2020 a bust due to the pandemic, I have
focused my efforts on training for the 2021 Age Group
National Championships in August, and I am scheduled to
compete in my first Half Ironman and first Full Ironman
I have found Triathlon
the perfect match for me to challenge myself, and it has
given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful
people. The beauty of Triathlon is that it doesn't
matter your level of fitness, your age, your weight,
your gender, or your competitiveness-level ... it
affords you the ability to be active, to challenge
yourself, to be outside, and to live your best life. Get
up. Get going. Get out. Give it a Tri.
We thank Charlie
for telling the story of his entry into multisport and
where it is taking him next. Best of luck in all your
races! We're always happy to see your smiling face
at our Tri It Now starting lines.