A 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer run are not on the fitness radar for even the most physically enthusiastic people, but Bronxville High School senior Dylan Weber will work to conquer all three when he competes in the 2017 USA Triathlon High School National Championships on April 21 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Weber, who is among 300 high school athletes from across the country to compete in the endurance race, qualified after an outstanding finish in his age group at the Rhode Warrior Half Ironman in Rhode Island over the summer. The 17-year-old star athlete – who has competed in a total of five triathlons since the age of 14 – will undergo an intense training session to prepare for this spring’s triathlon.
“What I enjoy the most about triathlons is the aspect of taking three sports I love and combining them into one race,” said Weber, who has been a member of the high school varsity mountain biking team since his freshman year, and has also been a member of the swim and soccer teams. “It’s a very unique sport.”
To prepare for the championships, Weber said he will train every day on his own and strive to reach his maximum potential.
“I have always pushed myself to be the best I can be,” Weber said. “I mostly want to compete in this triathlon to have fun and visit a place I have never been to before.”
In addition to the national championships, Weber has committed to compete in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in June for the third time, the New York City Triathlon in July and the Age Group Nationals in August.
“The most rewarding part of a triathlon is crossing the finish line with a good time and getting the medal wrapped around your neck,” he said. “It also feels great when you are sore the next day because you know you worked extra hard.”