Ruby Wyles, a CurraNZ ambassador on a running scholarship in the US, recently branched out and tried her hand in triathlon.
Having had a six-month stint off due to injury and the prospect of surgery in late 2020, it had appeared that Ruby's running ambitions would potentially be on hold for some time.
However, after two months of easing back into her running program, an opportunity for a triathlon appeared out of the blue and Ruby borrowed a bike to participate.
Preparation for the cycling and swimming legs of the East Coast Triathlon Festival, Virginia, consisted of a bit of indoor biking and a little swimming.
Cycling whilst still wearing her running shoes, Ruby also swam without the benefit of a tri-suit, but ended up smashing the running section and clocking the fastest run split of the day (pictured below, approaching the finish line).
This was a nice surprise for Ruby - but the biggest surprise was learning she had qualified in her age-group for the World Champs in Bermuda in October later this year.
A stunned Ruby was quick to point out - ‘I’m still a runner, please don’t call me a triathlete just yet’!
Ruby says next time she plans to fix her ‘comedy of errors’ - racing without the proper triathlon equipment.
Having had some great success with improved running times and recovery on CurraNZ, she will be using it for triathlon training now as well.