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!
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!) 🙂
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.
Before I knew it… I was running my bike back to the transition area!
I took a Huma gel and a quick drink (while running) to give me some energy for the 3.2 mile run!
I felt (mostly) great on the run! My run time was 23:47.
My total time was 1:02:27. This was almost my exact same time as last year!
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!
They both got 2nd place overall and I got first in my age group!
I’m thankful for these goofballs too! They were able to cheer me on, take lots of pictures, AND fight with sticks! 🙂
Then we spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and playing! It was a great day!
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!
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.
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.
Then I transitioned from the swim and started biking at 15:24.
I felt great on the bike and tried to really push it! My bike time was 39:44 (including transition) for 12.5 miles.
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!
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!
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!
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!