My 5th Triathlon

This past Sunday I competed in my 5th tri. I had never said this before and any other time would have been so bummed, but I was hoping the race would be canceled. I hadn’t swam or biked much and with being gone in Colorado, the race was the last thing on my mind. The good news for me (or so I thought) was we were forecasted to have a lot of rain and storms starting the morning of the race.

So I packed my bags and assumed when we got there that they would definitely cancel the swim portion and make it a duathlon or a 5k, but nope, neither of those were the case. They did decide to cancel the Olympic distance and make it all a sprint. When we started the swim it was just a light mist, so no big deal, but by the time I was on the bike it was a downpour. I am talking I was riding with half an eye open because it was so hard to see and it hurt to have my eyes open. Going into the wind with the rain against my skin it felt like pellets. I knew that once I got off the bike the run would be canceled, but nope, that didn’t happen either.

I didn’t even bother putting on my running shoes. I have an injury that actually increases in pain when I have my shoes on so that combined with the thought of my completely soaked shoes I knew would be waiting for me helped me to decide to skip them all together and run barefoot (with socks).

Overall I was only two minutes slower than this same race last year and considering the conditions I was happy with that. The bike was definitely the hardest and my time showed for it. I came in 3rd place in my age group, but didn’t stay for any awards. We pretty much immediately jetted out of there when the race was over because of the rain (and should I mention lightning and thunder too).

The pictures we got weren’t great and there aren’t too many because Colby was hiding in the car (props to him for getting out of the car at all) and I wasn’t willing to pay $25 an image for the ones they took. I should be thankful for all of the good weather I have had on my other triathlons, because now I know how miserable it is racing in the rain! Although I will say, I have never had such a detailed post about a race, so there was definitely some overall added excitement to this triathlon.

2016 King Tut Sprint Triathlon

2016 King Tut Sprint Triathlon2016 King Tut Sprint Triathlon 2016 King Tut Sprint Triathlon

2016 King Tut Sprint Triathlon

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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  • GiGi Eats
    Posted at 08:21h, 20 April Reply

    You crazy! But I friggin’ love it because your feats are so empowering!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 08:40h, 20 April Reply

    First – I think I gotta get that t-shirt – it is ADORABLE!!!!!

    OK. I had to kinda giggle because I knew you weren’t looking forward to this race & then all the misery – ugh! I’m totally laughing at life & how dumb it is sometimes.
    I’m giving you major props though for pulling through & doing it – even in the worst conditions. YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION right now lady!!!!!

    • Rebecca Jo
      Posted at 08:44h, 20 April Reply

      … thanks for the code – just ordered the shirt 😉

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 08:56h, 20 April Reply

    So proud of you!! You are so fit and in shape!!! I’ve never done a Tri but it’s on my bucket list.

  • janella panchamsingh
    Posted at 09:19h, 20 April Reply

    super woman! you are amazing for doing that through the weather conditions!

  • Libby
    Posted at 10:33h, 20 April Reply

    Good for you! I have always wanted to try a sprint tri, but I can’t imagine doing it in those conditions!

  • Jessica Bradshaw
    Posted at 11:02h, 20 April Reply

    Wow!! That is wonderful. You go girl! Love that tee too. So cute!

  • Alexis
    Posted at 11:44h, 20 April Reply

    You are so amazing! I can’t believe you did this race in the pouring rain! Maybe your time was so good because you just wanted it to be over! Ha! Either way, you are awesome. I’m totally impressed.

  • Neely Moldovan
    Posted at 16:12h, 20 April Reply

    Meanwhile I was a lazy bum….congrats friend! You did awesome!

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 17:10h, 20 April Reply

    Way to stick with it lady!

  • Jill @ RunEatSnap
    Posted at 17:33h, 20 April Reply

    Love the color of that shirt! Keep it up girl! I have not gotten into triathlons because I’m not a strong swimmer but more so it seems like a lot of work to transition between each event!

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 18:08h, 20 April Reply

    Good for you! The farthest I’ve ever run (no triathlons here) was a 10k. I am about to sign up for my first half marathon though and I’m really excited. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do and your post definitely just inspired me. Congratulations on placing and honestly on just completing it in general, no easy task!

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 19:00h, 20 April Reply

    So proud of you! You are amazing and this is a perfect example of how we can go through anything and make it! I’m hoping you are spending some time resting.

  • Ashley
    Posted at 00:56h, 21 April Reply

    I can barely walk around outside barefoot, let alone run. Bravo!

  • Patricia
    Posted at 06:23h, 21 April Reply

    This was your 5th Tri?!!! Wow. You go??, and I love this tee!

    Posted at 06:30h, 21 April Reply

    girl—–kudos to YOU! that is awesome. idk how you do it!! and for sticking it out in the rain!

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 09:31h, 21 April Reply

    Caroline you are a ROCK! I was so proud of you for enduring this through the stinging rain and the barefoot run, I wish I could have been cheering you on too! And PROPS to Colby for getting out there and cheering you on in the rain! I did a 4k once and it was SO HARD! It just amazes me that you’re out there doing these things! CONGRATS on third place for your age group!

  • Dia
    Posted at 09:59h, 21 April Reply

    Haha you aren’t the only one who hopes events get canceled lol you guys are awesome. I love that you do these sort of things together. Super romantic getaway then healthy living.

  • Crystal
    Posted at 11:03h, 21 April Reply

    Only two minutes slower? You are awesome. And given the conditions, you still got some great photos! Way to go Caroline!! You are an inspiration.

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 12:12h, 21 April Reply

    That is so awesome. You are one tough lady. My hubby used to do lots of triathlons, but I never mustered up the courage to join him. You should be super proud of yourself, 5 is awesome!! xo

  • Sidney Aldaine
    Posted at 12:32h, 21 April Reply

    OMG! I wouldn`t even attend. Thumbs up for being so active!

  • Lisamarie
    Posted at 16:19h, 21 April Reply

    You. Are. Amazing.

  • Beka
    Posted at 12:55h, 22 April Reply

    That is nuts!!! I wonder why they didn’t cancel especially with lightning.

    My first half marathon it hailed. It was crazy too!

    You did really well for all that crazy weather and not training a lot so that’s awesome!

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