My First Tri

My First Tri. Triathlon. Not Trimester. I only wish!!

I competed in my first triathlon this morning and even better, I finished!!! That would not have been the case if I didn’t have all the prayers and support!! God was totally me with me throughout the race.

It started off with a swim in 66 degree water. There are NO words to explain how cold that is. On top of that, you are starting with 50 other girls and being kicked in the face, while trying not to choke on cold lake water. Despite the circumstances, I was the 5th out of 56 girls to complete the swim! But, because of the frigid temperature, I had no feelings in my toes during the WHOLE rest of the race. It made the transition (changing into my bike gear) nearly impossible and didn’t help with the bike or run either. My time for the 500M swim, 11M bike and 5K run was 1:22:07.

The highlights:

  • Everyone I passed (or let’s be honest, passed me) I shouted out “Good Job”, “Keep it going”, “You are doing great”, etc! It made it so much more fun to encourage those around me.
  • When I got home, a friend of a friend texted me to tell me that I placed, “Say whhaaat?”. Apparently I got 3rd place. I was a little bummed we didn’t stick around for the ceremony and to get my plaque, but I had never even thought of that as a possibility!

So, I get it now. Everyone told me I would be addicted. I understand why. Unfortunately, if my acupuncturist knew that I did a triathlon (especially in the freezing water), she would not be happy! So, I will not be doing one anytime soon, since I’m not supposed to workout too hard or be cold! So for now I will just be crossing it off the bucket list and sticking to my low key workouts!

Waiting to get started! Already numb from the cold.

The course in the distance. Out to the orange ball, to the right and back around!

Getting ready to jump in and tread water!Finishing the swim!

Finishing Lap 1 of the bike!

30 seconds after finishing! Swim. Bike. Run. CheckWith my #1 Support!

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 20:41h, 14 April Reply

    Good for you! I can’t even imagine! Four years ago I ran a half-marathon and it was AWESOME! And yeah, then TTC got in the way and now I can hardly run 1.5 miles. It’s embarrassing! ha! 🙂 I hope you’re able to continue a work-out you enjoy, but is still acupuncturist approved. 🙂

  • Amanda
    Posted at 20:42h, 14 April Reply

    Girl, that’s freaking CRAZY!!!! Any water below a solid 85 is just too cold to consider… Even when I use to swim I never swam in the 60’s… that’s crazy! And congratulations on a triathlon! That’s awesome… just to finish, let alone to place!

  • Erin
    Posted at 22:18h, 14 April Reply

    you my friend, are a rock star. Love.

  • Aubrey
    Posted at 22:31h, 14 April Reply

    3rd place?!?! Amazing! Congratulations! Also, you look GREAT after just finishing a triathlon!

  • Erika
    Posted at 21:42h, 14 April Reply

    WHOA!! That is amazing!! I am super impressed and you should be really proud of yourself!! My triathlon today involved sitting in church, sitting in the car, and sitting on the couch. 🙂 VERY challenging, as you can imagine!! 🙂

  • Aspgriswold
    Posted at 11:02h, 15 April Reply

    CONGRATS!!! You are a rock star!!!

  • Janet
    Posted at 14:34h, 15 April Reply


  • Melanie Schultz
    Posted at 13:27h, 15 April Reply

    Congratulations girly!!!

  • dspence
    Posted at 15:49h, 16 April Reply

    Congratulations! I am totally impressed. Way to go!!

  • Em
    Posted at 21:06h, 16 April Reply

    You go girl! How exciting! What an accomplishment. And on another note, I can’t help but be distracted by those houses (castles???) by the lake. Whoa.

  • Erin
    Posted at 20:22h, 24 April Reply

    Congratulations!!! And may I just say that you look adorable in the after pictures! I am always a hot mess after ANY workout, much less any type of race or anything!

  • emma
    Posted at 19:23h, 24 April Reply

    Wow! Awesome job 🙂

    ICLW #61

  • Ris Gray
    Posted at 16:24h, 06 May Reply

    I wondered if you would get in trouble for doing this! lol! (the “Me!” labels are great, ha)

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