When NASCAR took the Easter weekend off, Trevor Bayne, part-time driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford in the Sprint Cup Series and full-time driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the Nationwide Series, didn’t exactly take it easy. Instead, he ran a race of a different kind. Bayne competed in the TryCharleston sprint triathlon.
“It was a lot of fun,” Bayne said. “The weather didn’t really cooperate, so it was pretty much like every race we have ran this year with NASCAR. We are definitely bringing it with us.”
Bayne finished 30th, overall, among more than 200 competitors, but finished first in his age group (male 20-24) with a time of 1:10:21.
“I won my age group, which was cool, and definitely improved my sprint-tri time. I improved my time by 12 minutes from my first event in Key West and ended up 30th, overall, which is pretty good out of over 200 people.”
The race is made up of a 750m swim, a 20k bike ride and a 5k run. Baynes swim time was 9:29, his bike time 37:45 and his run time was 21:20.
Bayne attributes his training for events like sprint triathlons for also helping his racing career.
“I think the more physically and mentally sharp you can be in the race car, the better off you are,” Bayne said. “I think the training has gotten me much more physically fit for the race. If you can run or ride your bike or run outside for a couple of hours, it rewally helps you stay sharp and focused, as well. You are mentally stronger at the end of the race, and you are able to make good decisions throughout the race.”