This past weekend I competed in my first Aquathlon which was hosted by Tri-Now. Technically, it was my second, but first official. Last year I signed up for this exact race, but when it got canceled I decided to do it on my own. However, racing on your own isn’t the same and I only had access to a local pool, so technically that one doesn’t count!

I absolutely loved this race which consisted of a 1 mile swim and 6 mile run. It was my my longest swim in open water and I was hesitant to sign up for the full distance, but I am so glad I did. This was my first race with warm water (85 F) and it made all the difference. I felt like I could have swam on forever. There was a lot of confusion in the swim as one of the buoys got moved during the race. I am still not sure what happened and it took a lot of treading water and aimless swimming to figure out what to do. Anyway, I finished and was still happy with my time.

The mile swim was followed by a 6 mile run which thankfully, was mostly shaded. I loved that it was on a trail and not concrete running which is what most races I have done in Dallas are on. I had only ran once or twice over the weeks prior so much like my other races, I was hurting. But I finished and I placed 1st in my age group. When I looked at the times later that afternoon I realized there were only 2 in my age group, ha! But, I did see there were several more in the half distance, so I was glad I pushed myself to do the full and didn’t feel as silly knowing I won with only 2 people my age who did the full.

Overall, it was such a great morning for the race. A storm brewed overnight so that put things a little behind, but the race directors did a great job with trying to keep everything on schedule. July in Texas is super hot but it was still such a beautiful morning. I loved this race course and am so glad I signed up for the full distance. I will definitely do it again next year!


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I was provided complimentary race entry as compensation for this blog post. As always, all opinions are my own and I have given honest feedback on the race and course.

If you want to see other races I have done you can see them below (only sharing half-marathons, triathlons, and Head for the Cure races)

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  • Victoria
    Posted at 08:25h, 13 July Reply

    This is really cool! There is something so totally exhausting about swimming, so the idea that you have to get out and then run is pretty crazy! Congrats!

  • Marette @ Floradise
    Posted at 09:17h, 13 July Reply

    Congratulations on your first place finish in your age group! The 1-mile swim would be difficult for me. Nice job!

  • Elena
    Posted at 12:35h, 13 July Reply

    Girl!!! You rock!! I bet warm water swimming is a lot nicer than cold!! Way to go!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 13:12h, 13 July Reply

    Look at you at the top of that podium! If there is even just ONE person in a category, you still did it! Deserves to be honored
    You are so amazing!

  • chanel van reenen
    Posted at 13:38h, 13 July Reply

    you are superwoman! great job!!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 13:41h, 13 July Reply

    Killed it! Nice work, Caroline 🙂

  • jessica
    Posted at 13:41h, 13 July Reply

    Great Work! And way to get first place! This sounds like a really fun race

  • Patricia
    Posted at 13:46h, 13 July Reply

    You are seriously amazing. Congrats!! What body of water did you swim in? Did I miss that?

  • Alix Maza
    Posted at 14:53h, 13 July Reply

    How cool! Participating in a Triathlon is on my bucket list.

    Alix |

  • Esther | The Cuteness
    Posted at 17:08h, 13 July Reply

    This is so awesome!! Congrats on your great time and for completing such a tough race!

  • Shann Eva
    Posted at 23:08h, 13 July Reply

    That sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve never heard of a race like this. So nice that the water was warm! Congrats on finishing the full race and the first place!

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove
    Posted at 23:11h, 13 July Reply

    1 mile?! Holy cow, awesome job! In high school the 500 (20 laps) was my favorite event, but I think a mile is almost twice that if I remember correctly. Looks like the weather turned out nice!

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 12:21h, 14 July Reply

    HOW AWESOME is that!!! I have never heard of an Aquathon!!! Congrats on a good time and way to tread it out to get the right direction for the race!

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 23:47h, 14 July Reply

    You are such a rock star lady! I love seeing all the races you do. So inspiring!

    Posted at 06:48h, 15 July Reply

    All smiles! After all of that. Whew!! You are awesome!

  • Jennifer Bly
    Posted at 22:18h, 15 July Reply

    Oh wow! You are amazing! Congratulations on an awesome achievement! I’m a dreadful dog paddler – so I’m always in awe when people swim like this!

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring moment (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend!

  • Tedi @ Running with Infertility
    Posted at 17:02h, 17 July Reply

    congrats! I think I would enjoy an aquathon. 🙂

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 14:30h, 19 July Reply

    Inspiring as always lady! You’re gonna have me doing swimming next! 😉

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