Hello fellow triathletes across the world! I’m Steve Lee, and excited to be a member of the MSC Niagara Falls Barrleman Triathlon Ambassador Team. I did this race in 2017 and loved it so much that I wanted to share the excitement of doing it again in 2018. What made the race special for me was the combination of the physical and mental challenge of the beautiful course. After the race, I enjoyed the benefits of recovering with excellent restaraunts and beer/wine tours (both of which are my non-sport hobbies).
I’m 43 years old and have been interested in triathlons for over 25 years. Just one problem, I didn’t know how to really swim until a few years ago. I took the plunge after driving my daughter to weekly swim lessons and realizing those same 90 minutes are more productive flapping and self-learning in the water instead of sitting in the bleachers. Since then, I’ve had some coaching and joined Brooklyn Triathlon Club to build enough confidence to do a few races. Don’t worry everyone, I’m still a back-of-pack swimmer.
I live in Brooklyn NYC which inherently makes any kind of outdoor training a challenge. I mostly run due to simplicity of it and it can be done nearly anywhere and anytime, even in a crowded city. However, cycling is my strength and passion since I grew up in near-car-free farming areas of NJ. It’s unfortunate that cycling is less rewarding in NYC with the stop-and-go of local streets and there’s only so many times one can ride the same 2 mile stretch in areo position before going crazy. I also travel often for work, making it a double-challenging to train. Ironically this is when I get to swim, if the hotel has a decent pool.
While I’m always trying to live the adventurous outdoor lifestyle, my wife has an opposite level of interest and rather stay indoors. Nontheless, I still love her and she is very supportive by traveling to races (why I try to find destination races) or even giving me personal weekends away from home. In fact, I did this race in 2017 as a personal get-away, but 2018 will be an early anniversay get-away with the wife. We have a 12 year old daughter who in recent years has shown a stronger interest in sports. She gloats in the fact that she has been doing triathlons longer than I have; her first triathlon was a week before my first. Last season, she had a growth spurt and was rewarded with a few local AG wins! This year, I want to see how much better she can do with some actual training and less YouTube watching.
I want to thank MSC for giving me this opportunity to share my triathlon experiences and goals. This role as Ambassador will challenge me this year to regain my fitness. I realize that I may not regain my speed or endurance of years past, but the plan is to return to a sustainable and consitent training lifestyle after a few years focused on career. I will do my best to update and provide encouragement to others throughout this journey. Most of all, look forward to meeting and interacting with my fellow athletes and hope that we provide each other mutual support. I can’t wait to see everyone at 2018 MSC Niagara Falls Barrelman or at any of the other training races leading up to it.