Sloth Athletica Training for St. Anthony’s Triathlon

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Sloth Athletica Founder at St. Anthony’s Triathlon

I’m at it again – I (Lynn Smythe, founder of Sloth Athletica) just signed up to do St. Anthony’s Triathlon on April 29, 2018. That’s a 1.5K swim – 40K bike – 10K run even. Wait, what? I don’t even swim do I?

The last time I solicited donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was way back in 2013/2014 when I did the Dopey Challenge at Disney World with Team in Training. That just about did me in and I said I would never run again. Moral of the story – NEVER SAY NEVER!

Sloth Athletic founder Lynn Smythe at the 2011 St. Anthony's Triathlon
Above: Lynn Smythe and Team in Training teammate Sandra Holahan at the swim start of the 2011 St. Anthony’s triathlon.

Looking Forward to the Challenge

I’ll be training and racing the 2018 St. Anthony’s Triathlon with the Palm Beach Chapter of Team in Training. There are 3 race distance options to choose from the Olympic triathlon, the sprint triathlon or the relay race where you can form a team or 2 or more participants. Right now I’m signed up for the Olympic distance triathlon which breaks down to:

  • Swim = 1K or .93 mile
  • Bike = 40K or 25 miles
  • Run = 10K or 6.1 miles

Although official training doesn’t start until January, our coach Micki Fetterman, has already scheduled a Get to Know the Team Splash Party for December 2nd. The party’s being held on the intracoastal side of Coral Cover Park in Jupiter, Florida. I want to try and get a paddle in after the event so will be brining my iSUP (inflatable standup paddleboard) with me. I might even set it up early, so anyone at the splash party that is feeling a bit swim challenged, can start off from the SUP.


Tackling the Swim – Bring it On!

The swim is always the portion of the race that is the most challenging for me. Something about not having a solid surface to rest on. If you get tired on the bike, you can always stop pedaling for a couple of seconds and still have enough momentum to coast for a ways. If you get tired while running, you can always slow down and walk. But if you’re not moving in the water, well, I just sink like a rock.

So, even though official training doesn’t start until after the New Year, I’m determined to get a jump on my swim training. I belong to a couple of MeetUp groups (standup paddleboarding, crafts, movie lovers, etc) and I’m super excited that someone just started a swim MeetUp in my town! The group is going to do a combination of pool training (we have TONS of outdoor pools in south Florida) and open water (ocean) swimming. That’s perfect!

St. Anthony’s takes place in St. Petersburg, Florida and although the swim is in a semi-protected bay, St. Anthony’s is infamous for having some wicked waves. In fact, a year or 2 before I did St. A’s they cancelled the swim because the bay was a washing machine. And in 2011, when I first did the race, they shortened the swim due to choppy conditions. A few of my friends that are doing St. A’s have signed up for the sprint distance which has a much shorter swim. I figure, go big or go home. I want to train for the Olympic distance, but if I’m still having problems conquering the swim I can always switch the the sprint distance.

The cycling and run portion of the Olympic distance shouldn’t be any problem so that’s another reason why I’m choosing the Olympic over the sprint – and I’m stubborn. I can do sprint distance triathlons at home but if I’m going to commit to raising close to $2500 and travel out of the area for a 2 to 3 night hotel stay then I’m doing the Olympic – bring it baby – oh yeah! And again, I can always switch to the sprint distance on race day if I’m not feeling the 1K swim.

Above: Brett Rabbat and Lynn Smythe on the beach at the 2011 St. Anthony's Triathlon.
Team in Training members Brett Rabbat and Lynn Smythe on the beach at the 2011 St. Anthony’s Triathlon.

Raising Funds for the Leukemia Society

Team in Training is the main fundraising program for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Lynn has completed 9 events with Team in Training since 2006 and is currently training for her 10th event – St. Anthony’s Triathlon. While training for marathons, triathlons and bike rides with Team in Training, Lynn has raised over $60,000 for the Leukemia society.

  1. Fall 2006 – Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride – 100 mile bike ride – Cocoa Beach, FL
  2. Fall 2007 – El Tour de Tucson Century Ride – 100 mile bike ride – Tucson, Arizona
  3. Fall 2008 – Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride – 100 mile bike ride – Cocoa Beach, FL
  4. Spring 2009 – America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – 100 mile bike ride – Tahoe, Nevada
  5. Fall 2010 – Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride– 100 mile bike ride – Cocoa Beach, FL
  6. Spring 2011 – FAU Wellness Triathlon – sprint triathlon – Boca Raton, FL
  7. Spring 2011 – St. Anthony’s Triathlon – Olympic triathlon – St. Petersburg, FL
  8. Winter 2012 – Disney Half Marathon – 13.1 miles – Orlando
  9. Winter 2014 – Dopey Challenge – 4 days of running – 48.6 miles – Orlando, FL
  10. Spring 2018 – St. Anthony’s Triathlon – Olympic triathlon – St. Petersburg, FL

Thank You For Your Support

If you would like to make a donation to Team in Training, you can make a donation in my name, to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through this Team in Training donation page. The money helps fund research to find a cure and support programs for people diagnosed with leukemia and other blood cancers. Lynn will keep everyone updated on her training for this crazy event through various blog articles and social media postings. GO TEAM!