One of the most satisfied finishers at the recent Cayman Islands Triathlon was Nicola Moore who won the women’s sprint event.
It was a remarkable performance by Moore who had been plagued by injury and not so long ago and considering giving up the demands of the three-discipline event for good. She put that down to taking up CrossFit training.
The main sponsors for this year’s Cayman Triathlon were Krys Global, Red Sail Sports and Governor’s Square. Christine Gibbs from A Step Ahead Physiotherapy, must have been pleased with the overall performance as President of the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association.
“I was still very tired from competing in the half Ironman in Miami the previous weekend,” Moore said. “The Cayman Triathlon was good. I made the decision only on the Friday but my legs didn’t have enough in them to do the Olympic distance. It was well organised. The only rough part I had was when I ran out the wrong way from transition for about 300 yards and had to run back.
“I’ve had injuries in the past but without doing CrossFit Seven Mile I wouldn’t have been able to compete. I had a complete year off and was barely able to walk from the house to the car and was about to have a third knee operation.
“I decided to go and try something completely different and started at CrossFit on 23 March and did a personal best in Miami last week, so it works. It makes a massive difference. It is also scalable. When I started I couldn’t do one squat so they made me do it in another way. They make it suitable for everybody. Whatever injury you have they can work around it.”
Moore still harbours ambitions of doing the notorious Marathon des Sables, the toughest race in the world which lasts for six days over desert terrain.
Although a serious, exacting sport, triathlon can be fun too, demonstrated by the two madcap Frenchmen Jerome Ameline and Jerome Begot who did the sprint triathlon in Superman costumes and the bike leg on a tandem.
“Begot is a helicopter pilot but I was licenced to pilot the tandem today,” Ameline said. “We rode tandem because we’re kind of taking a break, not competitive but we want to support any race so we decided today to do it on the tandem.
“We told the organisers what we were doing and they asked us to register as individuals so we swam together, biked together and ran together. We just took it easy and it was nice. But we still managed to take over 21 people on the bike. We got a lot of support from spectators and even officials. We even had a siren and lights on the bike. We were loud to be seen and loud on sound too.”