Back from Barcelona – Modis Triathletes Bring It Home

by Modis on October 30, 2012

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Earlier this month we posted a proud sendoff to two Modis champions who took the ultimate Win4Youth challenge, training hard for 6 months with over 60 of their fellow Adecco colleagues from across the globe to compete in Barcelona’s Garmin Triathlon on Oct 7.

Now, 6 months, 6,000 Garmin triathlete competitors and 51.5 grueling total kilometers later, read about their personal experiences competing during this world-class event and what their future athletic careers may hold.

Denyse Cowling

Business Development Manager, Modis Toronto

The trip was an amazing way to culminate the 6 months of training. The opportunity to participate in the race on a large team and to cheer each other on was an experience of a lifetime. I feel like I have friends around the world and wouldn’t hesitate to let anyone of them know if I was going to be in their hometown. The city was also so beautiful. The food, wine and culture were amazing to experience and I will never forget my dinners with the North America team members that stayed afterwards. They were fabulous!

The trip was an amazing way to culminate the 6 months of training. The opportunity to participate in the race on a large team and to cheer each other on was an experience of a lifetime. I feel like I have friends around the world and wouldn’t hesitate to let anyone of them know if I was going to be in their hometown. The city was also so beautiful. The food, wine and culture were amazing to experience and I will never forget my dinners with the North America team members that stayed afterwards. They were fabulous!

The triathlon itself was one of the hardest physical things I’ve ever done. Even with the training you still don’t know what it’s going to feel like on race day. The swim was exactly what I expected, a “washing machine”. Imagine 500 people all trying to swim in the same direction at once in a small space. I had some bruises to show for it! Swimming through a pod of jellyfish was also an experience. The main thing I remember is turning the last buoy and heading to the swim finish and seeing the sun rise over the Mediterranean Sea and thinking – wow! So, after finishing that event I moved quickly to the bike transition and was on the road for the next 4 laps of 10km each. Cycling was a brand new sport to me and it felt great. The speed of that part of the race was amazing. The run was next and that was always going to be my challenge, and it was. The day had become quite warm and sunny at that time and you were starting to feel the effects of the race so far. But, I just locked onto a pace I knew I could hold for 10km and just dug deep. Crossing the finish line was an amazing feeling!

As for my future athletic career I plan to continue to swim competitively with a goal of a 10km open water swim next summer and a half-Ironman by the end of the summer. So in other words, I’m hooked and the training will continue.

Michael Hetrick

Resource Development Manager, Modis El Segundo

From the very beginning this has been an unforgettable experience and what an amazing venue Barcelona turned out to be for such a great event!  By far the best memory I have from the race is seeing the other team members during each part of the triathlon…  Adecco red was everywhere!  As exhausted as I was, that definitely helped me push myself hard to the end and finish strong. Every single one of us made it to the finish line so to have everyone there together couldn’t have been a more perfect ending.

Competing in a half Ironman is a bit of a long shot but it’s not entirely out of the question. I definitely look forward to continuing with the sport . I will also continue to challenge colleagues to do the same, whether it be running, biking or swimming.  Both the physical and mental rewards are well worth it. As of today we are behind the mark to reach our 1 million kilometer goal for 2012, so we all really need to get out there and each do our part for the Win4Youth initiative.

See below for photos from the Barcelona Garmin Triathlon.  For more information about our Win4Youth initiative visit www.win4youth.com.

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