My 10th Triathlon

My 10th Triathlon

This past Sunday I competed in my 10th triathlon and I think I can say it was my best one yet. Not because of how I finished, because I missed the podium again and got 4th, but because I felt good.  This was a new race for me and that week I got no physical activity because I had family in town, but apparently the lack of training or heat didn’t seem to matter.

It was definitely a rough start as I had another flat tire (same as last race). Thankfully they had a bike repair man on site and he was able to help me. A huge shout out to Playtri for him as well as all their volunteers and workers. Because I used my last spare for the race prior, I didn’t even have a spare with me so without him I wouldn’t have been able to race. While he was fixing my bike, I placed my stuff in transition, only to find out I put it all in the wrong area, so I had to move it. By this point, they were trying to close transition and I hadn’t even gotten my bike or my timing chip. Let’s just say the last few minutes were a blur, but I got everything where it was supposed to be, including my bike with a new tire.

My 10th Triathlon

Going into the race I knew that I wasn’t the first to go, like usual, because there was a different distance of athletes starting ahead of me. However, I needed that 45 minute delay after they closed transition because it turns out I had the wrong swim cap too. As I was looking around I noticed everyone had an orange cap, and I had a pink. After asking lots of volunteers we figured out they put me on the paratri wave, and yes, I was the only one out of all the athletes. All to say, it was a bit of a stressful morning and I was thankful for the 45 minute wait time. 

This was an open water 500m swim and I tried to start towards the beginning of the swimmers. I was probably the 20th swimmer to jump in and I felt great. This was the first time I felt like I stayed on course, which is so hard to do in open water. Once I rounded the first buyou I came up to a pack of swimmers but was able to push right through them. I do remember kicking someone in the head, which unfortunately is the bad part about an open water swim. I felt like I was out of the water in no time and I remember Colby yelling “you were so fast.” Well my time showed for it at 6:19 minutes, which I think is around a 38 second/50 meter pace. That put me in the top 3% of the female swimmers and top 7% of the overall. I couldn’t believe how fast my time was or how I high I ranked. I really wish I could find swim-only races as it’s most definitely my strength.

My 10th Triathlon

The transition was my usual under 2 minute split and when I was getting on my bike in T1, I was trying to fix my helmet and the sunguard came off, so I had to stop to have someone help me and they just yanked the whole piece off. So many technical difficulties that morning! The bike race was a 14 mile, 2 loop path, which made it the farthest I had ever gone in a triathlon on a bike. But again, surprisingly I felt good and didn’t feel like I was going to die. My time was still not good, I’m just so slow on the bike!

My 10th Triathlon

Last was the 5K, 2 loop run. Due to the fact that the longer distance was doing 4 laps, there were a lot of runners, which I liked. Some of the races I have competed in, you feel like you are all alone. I felt like I was running at a fairly good pace and had no cramps and no reason to walk. The last 1/4 mile a woman next to me started talking to me and I was trying to keep up with her, which helped my pace. We got to talk more after the race and turns out she goes to the church where Colby and I met and fosters children, so it was just such a sweet connection. I love how God brings people in our life, even during the run portion of a race. It was definitely one of the highlights of the race and thanks to her I had a very fast 5K (for me, not for most people) at 26:33.

My 10th Triathlon

My 10th Triathlon

My total time was 1:27:16 which put me in the top 30% of all the females. Overall, seriously, probably the best I felt, in that I didn’t feel like I was going to die, quit, cry or vomit.  This race, I knew I was going to make it. Thankfully there was great cloud coverage during the race as right when it was over the sun came out and it was scorching hot. The race wouldn’t have been the same had it been so hot. I was of course bummed I missed the podium, again, but I knew I gave it my all. I made sure to stop by the chiropractic table on the way out, as that is always my favorite part.

My 10th Triathlon

I would love to do this race again as I love the open water swims and the races where there is more than one loop on the bike and the run. I got to see Colby during all the loops and transitions which always makes it more fun to have him cheering me on. This race also had way more swag than the past few races, including a hat, t-shirt, medal, bag and other goodies. Overall it was a good morning and considering I think it’s the last race for the year, it was a good one to end on. 

My 10th Triathlon

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. This post contains affiliate links

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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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My 1st Triathlon
My 2nd and 3rd Triathlon
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Head for the Cure 5K’s
Mckinney Half Marathon
My 4th Triathlon
St. Jude Rock N Roll Half Marathon
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My 5th Triathlon
My 6th Triathlon
My 6th Half Marathon
My 7th Triathlon
My 8th Triathlon
My 9th Triathlon

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  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:24h, 13 July Reply

    Your last one for the year? Good for you taking time off…
    I dont know how you find all these tri’s – they dont have many of them around here. Or I’m just not aware of them.

  • Belinda
    Posted at 09:58h, 13 July Reply

    That swim time is incredible!!!! And so is your 5K time! You are a rockstar 🙂

    Where was this race? It kinda looks like Las Colinas.

  • Amie P
    Posted at 10:04h, 13 July Reply

    My goodness all of the complications before hand BUT you overcame all of it and did fantastic!! Great job girl 🙂

  • torthuil
    Posted at 21:52h, 13 July Reply

    Nice work! Just thinking of doing a triathlon makes me want to cry or vomit, maybe not die, so good on you!

  • Patricia
    Posted at 06:26h, 14 July Reply

    I am so blown away by you friend! Wow!!! You’re amazing!

  • Adriana Renee
    Posted at 09:11h, 14 July Reply

    Wow congratulations! No lie, I’m nowhere in shape to do something like this so I admire you!

  • Beth
    Posted at 10:15h, 14 July Reply

    Congratulations! I can only imagine how rewarding the experience is for you, all that hard work and effort paid off. I love that big smile as you near the finish line!

  • ShootingStarsMag
    Posted at 11:32h, 14 July Reply

    Woah, 4th place? That’s amazing. You did such a great job! I couldn’t do even ONE of these. haha


  • Sami Summers
    Posted at 12:09h, 14 July Reply

    That’s amazing! I have so much respect for you because I know I would have cried, puked, and then died trying to accomplish that. Congratulations!

  • Alice Mills
    Posted at 13:11h, 14 July Reply

    Congratulations on a very real achievement!

  • Beka Johnson
    Posted at 14:56h, 14 July Reply

    You are faster than you give yourself credit for! Good job on this race.

    Okay, and I have a question – is swimming in open water scary??? I’m a swim teacher, as you know, but open water is a different ball game. There is a triathlon in August and I want to run it I’m just super nervous about the open water. It’s only 400m so it’s a super short run followed by a 9 mile bike and a 5k. So, it isn’t terribly long I’m just concerned about the water. Also, I’m a turtle on my bike. so so so slow but oh well. I’ll just have to be slow.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 16:09h, 14 July Reply

    and you had God with you the ENTIRE time!

  • Felicia
    Posted at 19:46h, 14 July Reply

    Wow! Congrats! This is amazing! I can barely get myself to run a mile haha but I’ve set a goal to run a marathon and get back to running for hours like I was doing about a year ago.

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  • Kate Van Vleck
    Posted at 20:11h, 14 July Reply

    My husband is doing his first Tri in Sept! Cant wait to share this with him!

  • Isabelle
    Posted at 03:54h, 15 July Reply

    Congrats! That’s super impressive, I really wish I was fit enough to do a triathalon. Can’t believe you’ve done 10 of them – well done 🙂

  • Kristi
    Posted at 16:25h, 17 July Reply

    That’s awesome! Congratulations. Sometimes it is helpful to get a bit of rest the week of a race. How wonderful that this was your best one.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 07:13h, 18 July Reply

    Awesome !!!!

  • Alexis W
    Posted at 11:18h, 26 July Reply

    I’m impressed every time you do another tri. You’re amazing! And somehow you even look gorgeous after all that exercise. What’s your secret? 😉

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