Butler YMCA Sprint Triathlon

One of my brothers texted to let us know he was going to do this Tri… so my sister and I quickly signed up too!  I love doing races especially with family and friends! IMG_9681.JPG

I get super excited that this race is an open water swim (even if it is only 400 meters)!  The fact that it is open water seems exciting, even though I had a hard time getting into a good rhythm.  My swim was over in 6:21 (too short!) 🙂  IMG_9689.JPG

Then the bike was VERY hilly!  I feel that I need to use my brakes on the downhills more then most racers do 😉 but the 7 miles went by really fast!  My bike time was 29:52.IMG_9703.JPG

Before I knew it… I was running my bike back to the transition area!  IMG_9732.JPG

I took a Huma gel and a quick drink (while running) to give me some energy for the 3.2 mile run!  IMG_9734.JPG

I felt (mostly) great on the run!  My run time was 23:47.  IMG_9760.JPG

My total time was 1:02:27.  This was almost my exact same time as last year!
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It actually felt like we were racing together because my sister and I were in the 2nd heat and my brother was in the 4th heat.  He caught me and passed me halfway through the run!     IMG_9776.JPG

They both got 2nd place overall and I got first in my age group!  FullSizeRender-1.jpg

I’m thankful for these goofballs too!  They were able to cheer me on, take lots of pictures, AND fight with sticks! 🙂  IMG_1335.JPG

Then we spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and playing!  It was a great day!   FullSizeRender-2.jpg

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North Park Triathlon

Ok, I’ll admit that today I thought, “Why am I waking up before 5am?  Why am I getting into cold water at 7am?  Why am I going scary fast on the bike?  Why am I running when my legs are tired?”  Once I got these negative thoughts out of my head… I had the best day, felt great, and I already want to do it again!

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I have done this same triathlon in high school, college, after one baby, after two babies, and now after three babies!  I am so happy to say that today, 3 babies later, I got my PR time of 1:18:27!  That is almost 9 minutes faster than the last time I did it, two years ago!  I got first in my age group… I am liking my new age more and more! (proudly sporting age “30” on my leg!) I was 6th woman overall and 31st out of 230 finishers.
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Everything went really well for me today.  I was out of breath pretty much the entire race, but I still felt great!  I ended up swimming faster than all of my practice times.  My actual swim (not including transition) for 700 meters was 12:55.

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Then I transitioned from the swim and started biking at 15:24.

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I felt great on the bike and tried to really push it!  My bike time was 39:44 (including transition) for 12.5 miles.IMG_1444

After biking, I was about to start my run and my current favorite song (Fight Song) came on the loudspeakers!  I really don’t know if I’ve ever been more pumped… My legs didn’t even feel like I had just biked!  Haha… and my run went great!

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I felt strong with a time of 23:20.  I’ve done this Tri a handful of times but I’ve NEVER felt good on the run until now!  It also helped that I passed a bunch of people on the trail!  IMG_1482

I love it when my husband and kids can come to watch!  And when some of my family does the race too!  My sister and brother got age group awards also!

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I know I say this a lot but I am so much stronger now!  This is the first time in my life that I am consistently lifting (my DVD workouts) and it shows!  Being stronger is awesome… I feel great while doing really hard things!

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