Bitten by the triathlon bug

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Froehlich excels in first competition

Swimming is not Jocelyn Froehlich’s strong suit.

Jocelyn Froehlich, right, and her sister-in-law, Laine Froehlich competed in the See Jane Tri for the Cure triathlon in Regina over the weekend. It was both their first time competing in a triathlon. Photo courtesy by Paul Cutting

“I am a really bad swimmer,” said Froehlich with a chuckle. “I was in 142nd position after the swim.”

The local avid biker was able to pass 133 other people en route to her ninth place finish at the See Jane Tri event in Regina over the weekend.

It was her first triathlon. She finished in 50:46.

“It was unbelievable because it was such a mental thing that I couldn’t do, but I just did it. It was awesome,” said Froehlich.

The See Jane Tri for the Cure is a women’s only beginner triathlon in its 10th year. It provides an opportunity for women to try the sport in a non-threatening and non-competitive manner. It includes a 300-yard swim, 12-kilometre bike and a 3.3 km run.

“Everyone was super supportive and had a positive attitude. Everybody was happy and excited for each other at the end, no matter the outcome,” said Froehlich.

A portion — $15 — of all registrant’s race fees is donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Froehlich signed up with her sister-in-law, Laine Froehlich, after a mutual friend told them about it.

“Her mother is a breast cancer survivor and is a triathlete,” she explained. “This is something she has been involved in for a long time, so we thought we would support the cause and try it out.”

Laine finished 26th in the race, which was out of her “comfort zone”.

There were 200 women that registered for the race and 163 completed it, including Lindsay Cairns, who has done the race for a third time.

“It is quite motivating to be with all these women doing the same thing. You have everybody from every age category and (from) different athletic backgrounds,” said Cairns.

Cairns found the event via social media and when she saw what the cause was, she wanted to try it out. She has been competing in it ever since.

“It is just really nice to be with 200 women who are there for the same common goal and that is just to finish the race,” said Cairns. “As you pass people, everyone is encouraging. It is super inspirational to be around all these women.”

Now that both Laine and Jocelyn have finished their first triathlon, they are excited about another one at Echo Lake in July.

“We are going to sign up again next year,” said Froehlich. “We are going to recruit our husbands to do the See Dick Tri event next year too.”

As for Cairns, she will be there again next year too.

“It is a lot of fun and I would recommend anyone to give it a go,” she said.

There were a handful of Moose Jaw competitors that entered the race.

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