This begins our series of features on young triathletes around the country.
Meet Bryce! You can follow Bryce on Instagram at: brycetriathlete11.
Name – Bryce Baca
Age – 13
Grade – 8th
Hometown – Denver, CO
Years Doing Tri – I am in my 6th season
Favorite Race This Season – Mini Mortals in Pueblo, CO. This is a reverse tri, which is fun. Plus, I have won the 12-15 female group the past two years.
Favorite Race Ever – In 2013, I raced in the Lifetime Tri in Omaha, NE. It started raining, just as I finished the swim. About a half mile before coming to T2, I crashed on the bike course. I was hurting, scraped up and bleeding, but I still finished. I ended up winning overall (males and females) Junior Division by less than 3 seconds. Never give up!
Best Result this Season – This has been a rough season. I was sick the first race of the year in Houston, so I didn’t perform as well as I know I could have. I had a crash leaving T1 at Nationals. Plus, it is my first season racing Junior Elite, which is the fastest 13-15 year old girls in the country. I never make excuses, but it seems like something has happened at almost every race I have been to this year. I did win Mini Mortals in Pueblo, CO. I still have at least 4 more races this season, so I am hopeful I can get a couple more wins.
Favorite Medal – The HyVee Medals were awesome, but this series no longer exists. Attached is a pic of my 2nd place medal from last year’s HyVee Omaha race. The Rip Roar medals are also awesome!
Advice for a New Triathlete – Have fun and be safe!
Ways I Train – My trainer keeps things fun. He is always coming up with crazy things. I turned 13 on August 16th. For my birthday, he made me run 13 miles. My trainer is a pro triathlete, so he lets me train with him and other pros. They are crazy fast, but I always learn so much, just by being around them.
Triathlon blooper/oops – I try to avoid these, as they are not normally funny, when they happen. I have had several, but they are all learning experiences. I was disqualified from a race where I took a wrong turn…no fun! I have come into transition and had someone else’s bike in my transition spot. Earlier this year, I almost left T1 without a helmet. I normally race about 15-20 triathlons per year, all over the country. Something crazy always happens during travel or at the race, but it is always fun!