My 6th Triathlon
I, along with my brother, dad, and husband, competed in a sprint triathlon this past weekend. This was the 2nd time that we did a triathlon as a family and this was my 6th time to compete in a triathlon. The fun part is not only was this a race weekend, but it meant I got lots of time with my 4 nieces and nephews too. There is nothing I love more than a family weekend!
I have never followed any training schedules, but I will say this was the least prepared I have been going into a race. It’s just a sprint so the distances are a 300M swim, 9 mile bike and then 5K run. I had only been on the bike 3 or 4 times, one of those being the week before when I had a bad crash and was left with many bruises. I had also only been in the pool 4 or 5 times over the past 11 months. But, regardless, nothing was going to stop me from racing.
The weather couldn’t have been better, which is great as that makes a huge difference. Colby and I got there in plenty of time to get everything set up. Because you rack your bikes by swim time, and I have a strong swim time, I am always racking mine with the pros. It makes me feel a little out of place, but I am thankful that I get to start within the first 5 minutes of the race versus those who have to wait around for 30 minutes. I was huffing and puffing during my swim, but when I looked at my times after the race, it turns out I took 34th out of 330+ participants, so I guess I did really well.
The bike went okay, but during the run I got a bad cramp in my side and had to walk, which was such a bummer. Anyway, I was less than a minute slower than this same race last year, finishing at 1:04, and within a minute of the same time I got two years ago. This is the 3rd year I have done this same race and this is now the 2nd year in the row that I haven’t placed top 3 in my age group, so maybe it’s time I try a new race!
It was so much fun having my 4 nieces + nephews there to cheer us on as well as my mom and sister-in-law. And of course it is always more fun when I know other people racing and it’s not just me. Playtri always hosts such fabulous races. Colby and I have a half-marathon in 3 weeks and the farthest we have run is 4 miles, so now it’s time to start prepping for that!
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
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