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Never one to shy away from a challenge, Cami accepted a friend’s invitation to do the See Jane Tri sprint triathlon on Saturday in Pleasanton. Designed specifically for women to inspire them to rise the challenge of putting themselves to the test. In that spirit, Cami shruggled off her normal reluctance to pound the pavement, and put in a lot of time training these last few weeks. I tuned up her bike, removed the rack and about a pound of grease, and she was ready to race.

Cami and her friend Kathy left at 4:30am to get there and set up for the 8am start time. Mattheus and I headed out at 7am to watch and cheer them on. The folks at See Jane Tri really know how to get a positive atmosphere going, with music, food and lots of excited women of all ages competing.

The swim was a relatively short 400-500 yard swim, followed by an 11 mile ride and a somewhat mountainous 3 mile run. Cami, no stranger to swimming, was the first out of the water by a good 40 yards, giving her a good start. In her words, “I’d spend the rest of the race getting passed, so I needed as much time as possible!” She had no trouble getting transitioned to the bike, and rode off and did a good 11 miles and was back before we knew it!

The run was her greatest challenge and it was quite a hilly run on some dirt fireroads around the park. I knew she would be suffering, so Matty and I ran along side her for a short part of the course and cheered for her! This tired me out immediately, since the kid wanted me carry him *and* run. But Cami smiled and just kept on going.

The camera battery died, but Cami finished strong at 17th overall in the 34-39 age group even if we didn’t capture it. Damn good performance for the small amount of time she had to prepare and its a testament to the competitive athlete that lies within. Matty really enjoyed watching Mommy compete and maybe now we will convince him swimming is a good thing to do, since Cami did so well at it. Congratulations to you Cami!

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