Darrel “DJ” MacLaren Evans is one of a band of Flashy Nation athletes preparing for the Cayman Islands Triathlon and, because he is the fastest, he knows his colleagues are anxious to beat him.
The Cayman Triathlon is from Public Beach on Nov. 2 and Evans will line up for the Olympic distance of 1,500 meters swim, 40 kilometer bike and 10k run.
In July, Evans won an impromptu triathlon against three other Flashy Nation mates to represent his country in his first International race, in Mexico, last month. It was organized by the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee and Evans beat Samuel Young, Marlon Crowe Jr. and Kevin Connolly for the honor.
Although he did not complete the course in Monterrey, Evans thoroughly enjoyed it all and learned from it. He got lapped on the bike course and was automatically disqualified.
“Watching footage of a triathlon and actually being in the action are two completely different stories,” he said. “Those guys were brutally fast but it was a great experience.
“Just seeing that level of talent gave me the focus and drive to go further.”
He added, “Mexico was a triathlon dream. Being in the field with the top ranked 200 in the International Triathlon Union circuit, I was honored to toe the line on the day.”
Evans said he is feeling really confident as the local triathlon nears and, although the training has been extremely tough under coach William Balderamos, he expects a relatively fast finish.
Evans and Crowe were at the Cost-U-Less cycling event on Sunday but did not compete as they trained separately. They watched coach Balderamos finish seventh. He has entered the local triathlon too. After months of intense work, like others, Evans will start to taper down next week.
The big day cannot come quickly enough for the 31-year-old auto body repair technician who relishes the competition. “We have a lot of great athletes on island that give their all when the whistle blows.”