Held at Prairie Springs Park in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, the Americas Paratriathlon Championships drew top-level athletes to compete for a spot on the USA Paralympic team. The race consisted of a 750-meter swim in Lake Andrea, a 20-kilometer bike through Pleasant Prairie and neighboring Kenosha, and a 5-kilometer run finishing in Prairie Springs Park.
Between the COVID-19 pandemic and dealing with illness, it had been nearly two years since Allysa Seely of the Liv Racing Collective entered a race. Over the past few months, Seely has been focused on gaining strength and fitness back in preparation for her return to competition. Completing the race and placing second was a confidence-inspiring step toward her bigger goals for the season.
“It was not the result I wanted, but it is a result I am proud of,” said Seely. “I knew I would be hard-pressed to walk away as the winner with losing a year of training time and only having a short time of full training load behind me. At the end of the race, I had an objective picture of where I fall against the best in the world, fear and uncertainty faded away and I am now able to move forward knowing what I need to do to be the athlete I want to be.”