So where did it all begin? How did JoCo Multisport come to be and why might this be a team you want to join? Well, here’s the story. We think you will want to be a part of this!
A little over two years ago I approached the Flowers Plantation Parks & Rec department about starting a Triathlon Club. Having just received my USAT Level 1 Coaching certification, I was excited to begin connecting triathlon for beginners in the Flowers Community. Then Parks & Rec director Coach Kurt Bienas was game and so was birthed the Flowers Plantation Triathlon Club. A band of 9 triathletes (6 athletes completely new to the sport ) and a new Coach.
All athletes completed their sprint triathlon and did so exceeding their own expectations! Lifelong friendships were made – we were all changed by the intense encouragement and support we all provided to each other! As a Coach and experienced triathlete, I was amazed at how much being a part of a group meant to me. Frequently the team heard from me when they were thanking me for coaching guidance and support, that I got more out of our team than they. The team insisted that we continue our journey for the 2nd year… and so the team grew.
Flowers Plantation Tri Club had a roster of 21 strong in year two, with athletes having skill levels from Ironman to new to the sport. The same amazing team connection was solidified as the team faced adversity and challenges including the almost cancellation of the goal race at Flowers. The team rallied behind 3 Little Pigs Race Director Martin Tetreault who stepped in 24 hours before the race to save it. At 9 p.m. the night before the race – the bike rack construction was completed by the team. We finished the season with 8 new athletes again completing their first race, many placing in their age groups!
The growth of the team and desire to reach beyond Flowers Plantation to connect with athletes across our community as birthed the creation of JoCo Multisport. There are many tri clubs in the surrounding areas. Some are quite large and able to offer discounts and other perks that our start up club cannot. But having been a part of one of those clubs – the distance folks have to travel to engage in the social connection and training for the Raleigh based teams were prohibitive to Johnston County locals.
While we are shedding our FP Kits, wearing great new colors and bearing a new team name this year, the same great team is still at the core of JoCo Multisport. Also joining the team is a second coach, Coach Brad Farrell from Cirog Rollta.
We believe the amazing support, encouragement, accountability and friendship that comes from being on a team is amazing. The team support has proven to be the difference maker for many who considered quitting or giving up on their goals. Having experienced the power myself on my journey to becoming an Ironman finisher, I can attest to the significance of being on a team. Many times in training and during the race, it was the support of the team and their belief in me that was the only thing keeping me going.
By starting JoCo Multisport – we’d like to bring the triathlon and athlete connection closer to our community. Many of us are connected with runners, ultra runners, obstacle course runners, triathletes and cyclists. We have often trained with folks that may be interested in more than just triathlon. We think that the diversity of a group is what makes it strong. Folks are able to share their experiences as they have evolved through various athletic achievements. JoCo Multisport is for all athletes. While many of us may be triathletes – we embrace the skills and talents that every local athlete brings to a team.
The end goal… to keep being active.
Keep finding activities and training partners that keep you going.
JoCo Multisport is that group for Johnston County! We hope you will join us and forge new friendships and make us stronger as we grow!