The Family That Tris Together.....

stays together?  There are a lot of examples of families that train and race in the sport of triathlon and I am so proud to announce that Team Baha will be joining these fine ranks of families.  Karen will be racing her first sprint triathlon this coming weekend and Chico will be racing his second triathlon the following weekend.  If that wasn't enough I will be heading to Maine to race the weekend after that.  Our family will be tackling a triathlon every weekend for the rest of August.  It is very cool to be sitting around the living room discussing the ins and outs of the sport with my family, even if Chico is only 6 years old and just wants the medal.  Although he did say after his swim lessons a few weeks ago:  How am I supposed to do an open water swim at triathlon if I am having trouble in the pool?  Where does he get this stuff? So I did some research on a few families in the sport of triathlon and have listed them below for you:   [caption id="attachment_6310" align="alignright" width="300"]trevor_heather_wurtele_triathlon Source: Trevor and Heather Wurtele[/caption] Trevor and Heather Wurtele: Trevor and Heather Wurtele are professional long course triathletes.  They started racing triathlon in 2004 and in 2009 decided to turn their passion into a profession.  If you think that being the spouse of an Ironman athlete is tough imagine both being Ironman athletes and living in an RV. That's right this couple has sold their home and travel to their training and race locations via said RV.  Coming up for Team Wurtele is Ironman NYC for Trevor.  Their results are incredible: Heather: 2012 - Pro/Elite Rev3 Quassy - 2nd place Ironman 70.3 New Orleans - 2nd Ironman European Champs - Frankfurt - 8th (2 weeks post mile 21 run DQ) Ironman 70.3 Texas, US Pro Championships - 8th Ironman Coeur D'alene - DQ due to mechanical :( - Read blog Trevor: 2012 - Pro/Elite Ironman 70.3 New Orleans - WINNER Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens - 3rd Ironman 70.3 Boise - 5th Wildflower Triathlon - 7th place Ironman 70.3 Texas - US Pro championships - 12th Looks like they will be heading to the 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas from the looks of their results.   [caption id="attachment_6313" align="alignright" width="300"]alistair_jonathan_brownlee_2012LondonOlympics Source: IB Times[/caption] Alistair and Jonathon Brownlee:  These brothers can be said to dominate the ITU distance.  Having seen them on TV I would say that is accurate.  These two guys are fast.  I mean very fast.  Having that brotherly competition probably doesn't hurt to keep them pushing beyond their boundaries.  They competed for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics and have (well I won't ruin it for you.....in case you haven't seen it yet.) Alistair Results:
Jonathan's Results
  [caption id="attachment_6312" align="alignright" width="262"]mirindacarfrae_timodonnel_triathlon_ironman Source: Lava Magazine[/caption] Mirinda Carfrae and Tim O'Donnell:  Triathlon power couple?  Ironman World Champion marrying a consistent Top 10 finisher at the Ironman distance.  Yes, I would say power couple.  Can you imagine the conversations that take place over dinner sometimes?  Talking about nutrition and racing and creating schedules that allow them the time to be with each other enough while exploring their talents to race triathlon?  I wonder if it is hard to not give advice when discussing a bad training day. This is just a small sampling of the families that race triathlon.  I know that there is another power couple in O-H-I-O.....the Oravecs that I will have the pleasure of meeting in 3 weeks out in Maine.  Matt and Heather please be prepared to be interviewed so we can keep the Families That Tri Together exposure going.

If I missed a couple that is 'famous' or if you are part of a triathlon family let me know.

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Jason Bahamundi

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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