The Xel-Ha Triathlon has been a popular event in the Riviera Maya for several years. Local athletes as well as athletes from across the globe travel to this eco park to participate in long distance triathlons and the shorter "sprint" triathlon, placing Mexico on the map as one of the most beautiful sport destinations in the world.

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At this year's event, the Xel-Ha Triathlon opened a new category for beginner ladies. Participants took part in a 6 week online training program to get ready for their first ever triathlon, eliminating the stress and pressure that comes with competing against more seasoned triathletes. The beginner ladies triathlon consisted of a 400 meter swim, followed by a 10 km bike ride and a 2.5 km run.

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The beginner ladies category was designed to help women improve their health and activity levels while providing them with the tools they need to reach their goals. Many wives, moms, daughters, friends and girlfriends of triathletes enrolled in the beginner triathlon in 2012, inspired by their loved ones. The 6 week online training program also includes weekly articles, advice from experts and positive feedback to keep participants motivated.

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On Sunday, November 18 at Xel-Ha park, fifty ladies lined up beside the bay wearing pink swim caps and their new triathlete suits. It was easy to sense the nerves in the air, but each woman had a smile on her face and was chatting about the upcoming event.

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As the women lined up in the bay to start the beginner triathlon, friends and family looked on and snapped photos from alongside the water. Everyone cheered in support after the buzzer sounded, and the beginner triathletes zipped along the bay much faster than expected.

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After completing the triathlon, each beginner received a ribbon to commemorate their latest athletic achievement. It was a beautiful and inspiring event, and I hope Xel-Ha will continue this tradition to motivate even more people to become proud triathletes!

 

 

 

 

Laura Winfree 

Originally from Virginia, Laura Winfree moved south of the border in 2005 to major in tourism at La Salle University Cancun. Today, she works as a copy writer for a local travel agency in addition to freelance blogging, writing and translating. Laura writes about her life as an expat in Mexico at http://gringationcancun.com and http://www.facebook.com/gringationcancun. Nightclubs and weekly beach trips are her favorite part of living in Cancun!

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