While many other Colonials spent their weekends competing or training for the Buff and Blue, junior men's squash player Christopher Bell completed a 1.5k swim, 40k bike, and 10k run in the Nation's Triathlon on Sunday morning.
Bell had never participated in an event of this kind prior to Sunday. "I knew I wanted to do some kind of long distance athletic event, but I didn't settle on the Nation's Triathlon until early August," he noted.
Bell utilized his location and student-athlete network when training for the triathlon. "I spent most of my summer biking and running in Arlington and Virginia, Bell stated. "For the swim, I asked a friend of mine on the women's water polo team, Katherine Berry, to help me out."
Berry's tutelage and Bell's hard work paid off. Bell's time of 3:05:38 was good enough to earn him a 1,744 place finish in an event with over 3,000 finishers and many more entrants according to the Nation's Triathlon's website.
After completing his first ever triathlon, Bell was most pleased with his bike performance. "The bike was definitely my strongest event as I finished only 10 minutes behind most of the professionals," he reflected.
A strong day for the Buff and Blue on the nation's capital's roadways and waterways indeed.