Hi guys! It feels like it’s been forever. We have a lot of catching up to. I hope to become a little more regular now that I am getting in a routine with school, work and CrossFit.
Anywho, remember that triathlon that I should’ve prepared a bit more for?
WELLLLLL I completed it last Saturday, and it was a blast!
This is totally random but I just saw a commercial that Awkward is coming back in a couple weeks. YES YES YES! I just got 10x more excited.
I digress. Back to the tri, I’m here to share with you a race report for my first every triathlon!
Iron Girl Triathlon
Saturday started bright and early with a 4am wake up call. I packed my stuff together the night before, including breakfast, so all I did when I woke up was make some coffee, gather my things and head out the door for the thirty minute drive to Cherry Creek Reservoir.
I got there a tad bit (okay, more than a tad bit) early and was one of the first ones there. I always like being early rather than late— being late makes me stress out to the max so being there with a while to spare was a-okay with me! I racked my bike, got my numbers drawn on my arms and legs, and received my timing chip (an ankle bracelet).
Then I played the waiting game! It wasn’t until around 7:20 a.m that I walked down to the swim start and listened to the announcer highlight some of the amazing athletes that were competing in the triathlon today. One woman was 70 years old, and another young, 14-year old girl had a goal to run a marathon on all seven continents. She has already completed five. Talk about inspiring.
Swim: 1/2 mile
Anyways, I watched the first wave take off, and before I knew it, it was time to get in the water! I didn’t do any open swim training for the tri, so I was a little nervous as to how the whole thing was going to pan out. Luckily, I was able to find my “groove” very quickly and the meters just flew by.
It was a little weird swimming in such close proximity to other people, and was a bit crowded on the way out (the swim was an out and back) and dispersed on the way back in. I was proud of my swim, and totally pumped for the remainder of the race.
…and then came transition. It took me six minutes (WHAT!!!!) to run up the hill into transition and get on my biking clothing. A wet butt + bike shorts = A PAIN IN THE ASS. My shorts kept getting stuck on my butt. It was hilarious and frustrating all at the same time.
Bike: 12 miles
Raise your hand if you were a dumby and rode a mountain bike on a road bike course? ME!
The bike was by far the most difficult part for me. I was getting passed left and right and was SO frustrated because I felt like I was pedaling my little heart out. Long story short–I was ready for the bike to be over by mile 5.
On a brighter note, it was super peaceful being by myself for the majority of the time and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the state park. I also enjoyed two CLIF Shot Bloks about half way through the bike.
The next transition was super easy and all I did was rack my bike, grab my fuel belt and take off.
Run: 3.1 miles
It was SO relieving to have my feet on the ground and doing something that I was comfortable with. The run literally flew by and before I knew it I only had about 1/2 mile to go. The course was flat and ran through the trees most of the way, which was SO beautiful.
Next thing I knew, I was running up the hill and across the finish line!
I want to extend a huge thanks to the volunteers and Iron Girl reps that were extremely helpful the whole time (answering my random questions!) and put on an awesome race. They provided a post-race breakfast for all the athletes, and had a variety of vendors that had booths set up for browsing.
Check out Iron Girl’s website to see if there are any upcoming triathlons in your area!
Disclaimer: I was provided a free race entry for the Iron Girl Triathlon. As always, all opinions are my own.