My Project


Transition Into the Triathlon World

Student: Selena Garcia-Torres
Mentor: Heather D’Agostino
Domains: Wellness, Science
Faculty Grader: Jessica Pollina

Documentation of Product

Exhibition & Presentation Summary


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For my senior project I wanted to get a hands on experience in the realm of Triathlon. It is a sport that is not as popular as football or baseball, but it takes a huge amount of work to become a professional in the field of triathlon. Instead of looking at it from one point of view I decided to look at it from multiple angles. Having a passion for fitness, I started the project off with some basic cardio/weight training. I then followed that with sports psychology course at Brown University, which gave me insight to how an athlete should think when it comes to competing and training. I ended up joining the school’s Cross Country team to enhance my running and to collect data on how my running was compared to last summer. I then completed two mini i-Tri triathlons to get a feel for what longer distance races would be like. By late summer I had completed a relay sprint triathlon with a wonderful group of experienced triathlete women. With all of that under my belt, I completed my first individual sprint triathlon race. I then decided to look at how the technology of the sport evolved. I decided to write a paper on my findings and show my data from this year compared to last year to see how my running techniques differed. I hope this project will get people to follow their passions and reach for a goal because this project has taken me on a journey that I will truly never forget.

Works Consulted

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Demerly, Tom. “A Brief History of Tri Bikes, Part 3: Enter the “Superbike”.” Just Tri Talk. N.p., 28 Oct. 2013. Web. 29 Dec. 2013.


Hersh, Aaron. “The 2013 Triathlon Wetsuit Performance Test.” Triathletecom. N.p., 30 July 2013. Web. 29 Dec. 2013.


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Janukavicius, Patrick. “What Kind of Shoes Do People in Triathlons Wear?” Live Healthy. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 29 Dec. 2013.


Demerly, Tom. “History of Tri Bikes, Part 2: Enter the Aerobar.” Web log post. Just Tri Talk. N.p., 20 July 2013. Web. 29 Dec. 2013.


Triple Threat Triathlon. “Triple Threat Triathlon.” : Interview with Newton Running. N.p., 2 Apr. 2013. Web. 29 Dec. 2013.

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