2017 ITU TRI World Championship
Hi, My name is Brendan Atkins from Old Lyme CT.
I'm looking to raise money so I can race in the 2017 ITU Standard Distance World Championship in Rotterdam, Netherlands September 14-17. Which I qualify for by finishing in the top 18 in my age group 30-34 at the USA National Triathlon Championship in Omaha, Nebraska back on August 13, 2016.
The 3,500 will cover
1. Airplane Ticket
2. 5 Nights at a hotel
Any money left over I will give back to Old Lyme Public Schools and Westbrook YMCA. I will need the money within 6-7 months so I can plan as early as possible which will help save money as well.
To be honest I never had any desire to be a triathlete. I've always been a big runner. Running has always been a relief for my OCD and anxiety issues. I got injured training for a marathon and couldn't run for a couple of months. I needed to do something active to keep me out of trouble. So one day my neighbor Candace
suggest joining the local Westbrook Ymca Tri-Club. My first step was to learn how to swim correctly which was a real struggle at first and ended up taking private swimming lesson with James Johnstone who was a big help. I struggled with biking as well. I just didn't have a lot of power and I was scared to ride down hill in aero position. At one point I thought about quitting the Ymca Tri-Club because I was getting frustrated. But what kept me going was the people in the Ymca Tri-Club, Some of the most kind hearted spirited people that I have ever met before. We became a family over time and slowly I started to grow as a triathlete. And after a long cold winter with many pool workouts and biking indoors the spring started to come around and the triathlon season was about to begin.
I thought my first season as a triathlete was pretty successful finishing in the top 10 % percent in all of my races and qualify for The USA National Championship in Omaha, Nebraska .
My second year as a triathlete I made some changes. I hired a Triathlete coach Jon Fecik out of Branford CT. Jon is a Professional Triathlete and knows what it takes to be the best. I want to be the best triathlete I can be and complete on the highest level possible as an amateur. My dream is to become a Professional triathlete one day and I think that is a realistic goal. I've been working with Jon now for almost a year now. I'm in the best shape of my life and have been injured free. I have just race in the USA National Championship in Omaha, Nebraska and came in 32 overall and 6 in my age group which qualifies me for 2017 ITU Standard Distance World Championship in Rotterdam, Netherlands September 14-17.
I have a love for this sport and have a strong will to become the best triathlete I can possibly be. To make the 2017 ITU Standard Distance World Championship in Rotterdam, Netherlands a reality I need your help whether it's a 1 or 10 dollar donate I would be utmost
grateful for any donate you can give
Special Thanks to Hildie, Heck, Phil Fazzino and Matt Atkins for all of the encouragement and help!!
If you don't know Hildie Heck, She is the new athletic director at Old Lyme Public Schools. She is doing a wonderful job and without her help none of this would have been possible. Thank You!
Thank You, Candace Fuchs, Colleen and Sean K Alexander, James Johnstone, Meg Pennington for all the help!
Thank You coach Jon Fecik for getting me into that best shape of my life to qualify for this event!