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