My 8th Triathlon

My 8th Triathlon

My 8th TriathlonThis past Saturday I competed in my 8th triathlon. This was the first time to participate in a triathlon with the Cooper Clinic and it was nice to have a race on a Saturday morning as opposed to a Sunday morning when they usually are, although I will admit I didn’t realize it was Saturday until the week of when I received an email with race information. Due to my father-in-law passing away, being out of town and not feeling well, the most I had trained for this race was competing in a race the month before.


I woke up at 2 am the morning of and looked at the radar which showed thunderstorms all morning and I knew for sure the race was going to be canceled. However, by the time I woke up right before 6 am, that wasn’t the case and the radar looked clear. Bummer! This was the first race I would have not felt disappointed had the whole thing been canceled. I decided I was going to take things slow as I knew my body wasn’t prepared, but as you will read at the end, that plan backfired.

IMG_0853This was also the first race I had swam in a pool outdoors, which is so much nicer than indoors. Because you line up by your swim time, I usually am one of the top 30 or so to go and after the race was delayed 20 minutes (those 20 minutes feel like eternity) I jumped in. Within the first 100 meters I got passed which totally deflated me. By 250 meters I had water in my goggles and had to stop to empty them. I sure did feel the effects of only swimming once over the course of the prior month and my time showed for it too.


The bike was two loops for a total of 12 miles and the first loop felt brutal. The second loop was much better as I knew the course and knew what to expect. It just seemed to go by much faster. I have got to get a bike fitting as soon as possible because I’m always so uncomfortable within a few miles of being on my bike.IMG_0900The run course was nice as it went along a park area and a golf course. However, it felt like a little bit of tease because the course went out and back and then bring you to where the finish line is, yet there was still another mile to go. Again at the end, when you feel like you reach the finish, there is a lot of winding and curving until you actually get there. It was a run that felt like it should be over but kept going and going! But, I finished and wow was I so glad! I couldn’t believe I made it the three miles without stopping as I hadn’t ran 3 miles since my prior race either.


Overall I loved this course. BUT I missed placing in my age group by 8 second and was so very upset. I just hate that so much. 8 seconds, that is all it took. It’s been several days since the race and it’s definitely still bugging me. 8 seconds! Are you kidding me?


Also, there was no medals for this race so that was definitely disappointing. They did have a full breakfast so that was a nice surprise. I didn’t want any, but Colby was happy to eat it all! Overall I liked the feel of this race, including the course and the venue it was at. Packet pickup seemed way disorganized and there was a pretty long wait, but besides that and the 20 minute start delay, it was a good race and one hopefully I can do again and place in the top 3! I will not miss it by 8 seconds next time! IMG_0980

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.

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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

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  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 08:54h, 26 May Reply

    You can imagine what our 90 minute delay felt like if 20 felt long to you. HORRIBLE.
    Good for you getting out there & doing it when your heart didnt feel like it was in it 100%… I hate when I actually am hoping for a canceled race 😉 haha
    You are just AMAZINGGGGGG doing all these races. I am always in awe of your abilities!

  • Silvia
    Posted at 11:31h, 26 May Reply

    Omg this is amazing! I’m sure 8 seconds is killing you but be proud girl! Not many people can do this aka me haha!

  • Tedi at Running with Infertility
    Posted at 14:46h, 26 May Reply

    You always impress me with your racing, because I have never been in the top 3 or the top 10 for any race. Maybe I need to train harder?! ;P I would love to know what got you into triathlons! 🙂

  • Ileana
    Posted at 17:06h, 26 May Reply

    Congrats! This is so amazing!


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  • Katherine Petrunia
    Posted at 17:59h, 26 May Reply

    Good for you for still seeing it through despite how you were feeling. Those 8 seconds can sting, but at least you didn’t back out. Way to go, a triathalon is such an awesome achievement

  • Virjinia Harp
    Posted at 09:30h, 27 May Reply

    I can’t swim so I wouldn’t even come close to your finish! It sucks about missing it by 8 seconds but when you come back fully prepared, you will dominate the field! Way to go girl!

  • Kristin Davies
    Posted at 12:04h, 28 May Reply

    This is amazing!! I’m stuck at 5K for my run right now and just trying to build it up!

  • Kimberly
    Posted at 12:15h, 28 May Reply

    Nice job! I could never do this! I am bad at training and I would put it off!

  • dubliner in deutschland
    Posted at 04:35h, 29 May Reply

    Well done! Great achievement!

  • Sharika Ramseur
    Posted at 08:02h, 29 May Reply

    Hello Caroline I find so much hope reading your blog and countless others . You ladies have made me find my joy again …..I thank God for you for sharing your journey . You made me feel like I was not alone . I feel like God is calling me to be an encourager as well. I wanted to start my own blog but not sure where to start. Can you lead me in the right direction or some advice on how to just get stared….thank you so much God bless

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