CONCORD, N.C. – While the majority of his fellow NASCAR competitors enjoyed a relaxing Easter weekend off, Roush Fenway Racing’s Trevor Bayne embarked on a different type of race.
Rather than kicking back on an exotic sandy beach down south, the 2011 Daytona 500 winner pushed his mind and body to the limit in the TryCharleston sprint triathlon on April 19 in Charleston, S.C. In what was only his second sprint-tri, Bayne finished first in his age group – males aged 20-24 – with a personal best time of 1:10:21.
“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.
“But, it went well. 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 (Fla.), and ended up 30th overall, which is pretty good out of over 200 people.”
The sprint triathlon consists of a 750-meter swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run.
Bayne, who has six top-10 finishes in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts this season, says his consistent training regimen has also paid dividends behind the wheel of his No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
“I think the more physically and mentally sharp you can be in the race car the better off you are,” said Bayne. “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 really helps you stay sharp focused as well. You are mentally stronger at the end of the race and you are able to make good decisions throughout the race.”
Bayne returns to his normal form of racing this weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Friday night’s race is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPNews. He boasts two top-five and three top-10 finishes in six starts at the .75-mile track.