My Second and Third Tri

It has been over two years since my first triathlon and when I saw on Black Friday that they were giving 50% off races, I decided it was time to sign up again! If you don’t know this about me, I’m a sucker for a good deal. This time I signed up for two races, although both were sprints, the first was a pool swim and slightly shorter distances and the second was an open water swim.

My Second Tri

My second tri was the Luck of the Irish Triathlon on March 15. It was a 300m pool swim, 9 mi bike, and 5K run. My airport angel, Melanie came to watch, and Colby was there to cheer me on too (and chauffeur me, carry my stuff, etc).

While I would say that swimming is my strength out of the three, the minute I got in that pool I hit panic mode. Thankfully, I made it out at a decent pace. In T1 (transition 1 between swim and bike), Colby and Melanie were there to cheer me on. Colby had to point out that I put on my helmet backwards. I know nothing about bikes and in fact didn’t even have a bike two days before the race! I was thankful he was there so I didn’t look like a fool riding around with it on backwards! The bike and run went well, although they felt extremely long and I ended up with a time of 1:04:23, which got me third place in my age group! I was happy with the results considering I went into the race without training, an injury, and didn’t even have a bike until two days before!

My Second Triathlon

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My Third Tri

My Third Triathlon was this past weekend. It was the King Tut Triathlon in Mckinney and was a 500 meter swim, 11 mile bike and 5K run. Melanie did this one with me and I was so grateful to have her there! It definitely makes it more fun when you know someone else!

This was an open water swim, which is totally different from a pool swim. Imagine dirty, very cold water. You get kicked in the face, you kick others in the face, and pretty much all technique goes out the door and survival mode kicks in. My T1 was better and I put my helmet on the right way this time! The bike rack ended up collapsing, so that didn’t help, but my bike ride went well. I was definitely hurting on my run, as to be expected since I hadn’t run in a few weeks. I had every thought in my head from “Why did I sign up to do this” to “There is no way I can finish”. But, I made it. I was SO glad to cross the finish line and very surprised when I found out I got 1st in my age group! I finished with a time of 1:15:01 and shaved 7 minutes off from my first triathlon two years before.

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  • patricia umeh
    Posted at 05:42h, 15 April Reply

    congrats and more grace.

    Posted at 06:44h, 15 April Reply

    i feel like such a slacker reading this! you re amazing!!! such awesome accomplishments!

  • Cherl Smith
    Posted at 07:34h, 15 April Reply

    This is so wonderful, Caroline! You inspire me to want to get up and move more! I am so proud of you for sticking it out and going all the way to the finish line. It makes me think of our Christian race and how often we are tempted to throw in the towel and QUIT when things are SO hard to bear. But, that is just a ploy of satan, because even if we threw up our hands in defeat, we would still face the same problems and tribulations in life. Just as your Colby and airport angel encouraged you to keep going, God sends encouragers into our lives to hold our feet to the fire, spiritually, and to keep cheering us on. He is SO faithful! So thankful for your accomplishments! God bless you and keep you strong….in body and in Him πŸ™‚

  • Elena
    Posted at 07:48h, 15 April Reply

    Congrats girl! You’re a beast! That’s so awesome that you’ve done 3 triathlons! You make it sound like a piece of cake! I’d never be able to do it! You rock!

  • Dawn
    Posted at 08:22h, 15 April Reply

    Way to go, Girl!!! So proud of you!!!!

    Posted at 08:59h, 15 April Reply

    GIRL! You are a rockstar! I am so impressed! I know you have worked hard to make this happen, but seriously, I admire your dedication and strength!!!! You go girl!

  • Sarah J
    Posted at 09:28h, 15 April Reply

    You are so inspiring! I really want to do a tri but I have a TON to learn when it comes to swimming so we’ll see.

  • Biana @Blovedboston
    Posted at 10:38h, 15 April Reply

    How absolutely amazing – what an incredible accomplishment – not once but 3 times!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:42h, 15 April Reply

    LOOK AT YOU ON THE PODIUM!!! Amazing, fantastic, awesome!
    I’m in awe of people that do Tri’s – I am awful at swimming.
    But I always say one day I’d try it… & then I laugh πŸ™‚

  • Tiffany | A Touch of Grace
    Posted at 11:39h, 15 April Reply

    That is awesome Caroline! Congratulations! You are a rock star!

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 12:19h, 15 April Reply

    That is so amazing girl! I completely have so much respect for people who can push through those triathlons. Such a wonderful accomplishment!

  • Elisha
    Posted at 12:52h, 15 April Reply

    This is so wonderful! You go girl!!!!! I think you are just awesome! xoxox But I don’t think I can call us twins anymore because there is NO WAY i would sign up for one of these πŸ˜‰

  • Erika B.
    Posted at 14:57h, 15 April Reply

    That is awesome!! Not only did you swim/bike/run well…but you TOTALLY look the part and like a super legit triathloner!! If I saw you there, I would definitely not know you were a newbie. πŸ™‚ Way to go, friend!!

  • Cassie
    Posted at 14:59h, 15 April Reply

    WAY TO GO YOU ROCK STAR! Hahaha it’s cute you put on your helmet backwards but also amazing how well you did without much experience on the bike! You should be stoked!!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 16:19h, 15 April Reply

    Woohoo! Way to go, Caroline! My husband is thinking about doing his first tri this summer. I think I will hold off for a bit on joining him though. πŸ˜‰ Congratulations!!!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 16:54h, 15 April Reply

    Congratulations!!! Love it!

  • Alexis
    Posted at 17:05h, 15 April Reply

    YOU ARE AMAZING! Seriously, 1st place?! I’m so so so impressed.

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 17:28h, 15 April Reply

    Congratulations Girl!! You are AMAZING!!!

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 10:10h, 16 April Reply

    Amazing! I love that you give all the glory to God – He’s so good!

    I’m so proud of you! Way to go!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  • Jojo
    Posted at 12:17h, 16 April Reply

    This is amazing. I always tell my cousin I give her props for doing every marathon that comes her way. But this! Wow you are a trooper for going from swimming, biking, to running.

  • Laura @ Making Baby Provence
    Posted at 16:41h, 16 April Reply

    You never cease to amaze me! First and third without training AND an injury. I’m so proud of you! I’m even more proud that you give all the glory to God. You’re fantastic, Caroline! You are inspiring me to start training for a tri. Okay, I’d never be able to do it, but I’m inspired to encourage Todd to do one, now. πŸ˜‰ Congrats, girl!!…and congrats again for getting the helmet right the second time. πŸ™‚ That made me giggle. *Hugs*

  • Finley
    Posted at 22:19h, 16 April Reply

    Go Caroline! So cool you are so impressive thats awesome. and super cute that you put your helmet on the wrong way haha that cracked me up – thank goodness for husbands πŸ™‚

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 09:43h, 17 April Reply

    congrats love!! it was fun seeing these pictures on instagram, and just as fun reading the tale that goes along with them! such an inspiring tale — you make me wanna get out and runnnn (and not even worry about training, ha!)

  • Amanda
    Posted at 14:06h, 17 April Reply

    okay, I mean what I am about to say in the nicest way. You are so ANNOYING! Ha! You placed in your age group twice (and got first!!) without having a bike until a few days before and not having run in a few weeks? Good grief, woman. That is impressive!

    Posted at 07:45h, 18 April Reply

    Beautiful! Congrats on your success. You have lovely pictures too.
    Many More Blessings to you.

  • Angela
    Posted at 15:17h, 19 April Reply

    Way to go girl! You are amazing!

  • Erin
    Posted at 21:19h, 22 April Reply

    Awesome! Congratulations! This is on my bucket list, but it’s intimidating! Looks like you did awesome and had fun. I’ve ran several marathons and half marathons, but that’s back when I was in shape – ha! Great pictures!

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 13:25h, 27 April Reply

    Wow! I’ve never even learned how to swim and I hate running! Way to go!

  • miragonz
    Posted at 10:38h, 16 October Reply

    Wow! Great job. How amazing that you were able to finish 3rd…and then to finish 1st the next time. I always like improving πŸ™‚ I am inspired by you. I don’t have a bike, but just last week I was telling my husband that I really wanted one for Christmas. I may have to push myself to do a tri also. Although…I’m not a big fan of running and swim like an injured dog….lol. Oh well, I’m sure it would be fun.

    Thanks so much for linking up at Fitness Friday. Hope to see you back next week!

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