Movie Of The Month - TRI
TRI is a unique movie that makes you stand up and cheer. It is such a lovely film! TRI was chosen as Telfie Buzz's June Movie Of The Month! TRI was Directed by Jai Jamison and stars Jensen Jacobs, Shawn Pelofsky, Walker Hays, Kelly Spitko, Chris Dyer, and Kenneth Simmons featuring Chris Williams, Jaylen Moore, and Tim Reid.
TRI stands for Triathlon, but could also stand for 'TRY'. In which, "anything is possible in life if you only try". A triathlon is a several mile race in which you swim, bike, and run. Each item alone is a feat to accomplish but all together, it is a major achievement! I have always admired the dedication that is involved in participating in such events, so I was curious about this film from the start.
The tagline of TRI is: 'When Surviving Cancer Is Not Enough'. Many of the characters in the movie are running with a purpose. Either to raise money for cancer research, running in honor of someone with cancer, running while in remission or going through cancer treatments or in dedication of someone who has died because of cancer. I usually steer clear of movies like this as cancer has touched our family. My sister Jillian is now in remission but had several brain surgeries until they were able to get her brain tumor out. The above trailer made me cry as it is so uplifting and lovely!
Being a movie that had cancer as element can sometimes be heart-wrenching but this movie stayed very positive throughout. There are poster quotes of Winston Churchill, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.", coffee mug quotes, "Do more of what makes you happy.", positive T-shirt quotes, and words of wisdom from many of the characters in the film. Some of these are subliminal and some might be considered sappy but to me, they were all lovely sentiments.
In the film, Natalie (Jensen Jacobs) is an ultrasound tech. She meets Candice (Shawn Pelofsky) while she is there for a cancer screening. Candice encourages Natalie to sign up for a triathlon and to look up footage on Julie Moss. A neat element about the movie is how they interweave the history of triathlons. They had ABC Wide World Of Sports footage from the 1982 Ironman World Endurance Triathlon in Hawaii featuring Julie Moss and Kathleen McCartney. At the time, Moss was a 23-year-old college student and was trying to complete the race as part of her research for her exercise physiology thesis. While on the Kona coast, Julie hit the proverbial "wall" where her body just gave out from being purely exhausted. She was the female leader in the race but when she had this set back, Kathleen was able to come in first with Julie a few seconds behind. Being so exhausted, she was only able to crawl to the finish. Such dedication is truly inspirational!
Another one of the neat things about the film is how they show what exactly it takes to become an athlete in a triathlon. There is also a bit of a documentary footage from several races that took place during the time of filming. Natalie and her best friend Skyler (Walker Hays) want to take part in their first triathlon. To take part in an Ironman Triathlon might be daunting to a newbie as it is an Olympic equivalent race. A main Ironman Triathlon goes from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It features a 2.4-mile swim, 114-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon run. A total of 140 miles needs to be performed in less than 17 hours. It must be truly incredible to be able to race in the shadow of our nation's landmarks!
Excitement turns into reality when they hear how far the Ironman is so they opted to take part in the nation’s Triathlon Sprint Distance course which includes an 800-meter swim in the Potomac River, 26.5-km bike course through DC, and a 5-km run through Washington, DC’s historical landmarks. Being newbies, Natalie and Skyler join a team to help them train for four months to get ready for the race. Training takes dedication as 5am swim times do not come easy. The pair soon makes new friends and find mentors within the group.
Skyler teams up with prospective boyfriend Scott (Chris Dyer), much to the chagrin to his sister Christy (Kelly Spitko). Natalie teams up with Zeus (Kenneth Simmons), an older man and former wrestler. Zeus seems to be full of wisdom and very helpful to her. Later, when Natalie needs some words of wisdom from Zeus, he tells her about the butterflies. He always tells stories about the love of his life, Barbara. She sadly died of cancer some time ago but she imparted to him such wise advice: "Whenever you feel like giving up, remember the butterflies. They are able to transform and transition, grow wings and fly."
Natalie and Skyler learn the ins and outs of training for a triathlon. They learn what equipment and clothing are needed. In addition to the prerequisite training of swimming, biking, and running, they also learn about how to listen to your inner voice as it can either be your best friend or your enemy. It is important to know how to control this while training so it does not defeat you while you are in the middle of the race. A positive inner voice can keep you motivated while a negative one can help you to quit before you finish.
Miles (Tim Reid) sees Candice in the waiting room of the cancer hospital and tries to give her some sage advice. She is quite down and not ready to make a new friend but his wisdom helps and shines through. I love how Candice is able to work through her treatments with some Star Trek: Next Generation humor. She calls the laser beams, photon beams. She also has the tech wear glasses like Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) and says, "Make It So" when they start the cancer treatments.
As the athletes get ready for the triathlon, we hear the voice of Julie Moss. It was truly neat to see Julie as a motivational speaker in the film. Later, Christy had some words of advice, "When you have friends, family, and people who love you, you don't have to do anything alone." Very true indeed!
Click here if you'd like to take part in the 12th Annual Nation’s Triathlon! It will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2017 in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. It features a course that winds through DC’s monument corridor in the shadow of the nation’s best known memorials and national treasures. The Olympic Distance triathlon, sanctioned by the USAT, includes a 1.5-km swim in the Potomac River, 40-km bike course through DC, and a 10-km run through the capital's historical landmarks with a spectacular finish!