I never properly got my fundraising campaign going for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, and there were many barriers to my being able to complete the race. I did cross the finish line in about 3 hrs 30 min. My insane story of that weekend will be appearing on my site (www.richlebano.com) in the next few days and involves speeding up and down the Pacific Coast Highway by car, bike, and foot, in the form of a blog post and video I took along the way. I decided after I crossed the finish line that I needed a redo, and the man at the Xterra stand let me know about the Mission Beach Triathlon 9/29/2019. It's the last in the Triple Crown. I plan to do all 3 Triple Crown events in 2020. I've suffered from conversion disorder, a neurological condition, in my right upper extremity, neck, and face for the last 10 of my 33 years on the planet. I also have paroxysmal vocal fold dysfunction, and out of 100 5'8" 33 year-old males, about a 5th of them have better pulmonary function tests than me. And lastly, I have fibromyalgia and the pain has led me to leave 3 jobs in the last year. But I am determined to complete this race and if transitions go well, I will complete it in 1 hr 40 min or less. And in the process I want to raise awareness and money for Life Sports Foundation, the benefiting charity based out of San Diego. Their motto is Enriching Lives Through Sports.
If you are in the San Diego area, you should come to the race! 7 AM PDT in Mission Beach. If you're elsewhere or busy, you can always track me live. I'm going to be working with a videographer and social media management company to help with some of the administrative prep with a race like this; I am trying to focus on the race and earn as much as I can for Life Sports Foundation as I get more involved with their organization and USA Triathlon.