malibu nautica triathlon

by @according2kelly on November 1, 2010

i’ve raced a triathlon (an 0ff-road triathlon that is) just once before. so, seeing as the malibu nautica international distance triathlon was my first “road” race, i guess you could say i felt… like a virgin – touched for the very first time. and although i was definitely more prepared this time around, once again it was exciting, exhilarating, breathtaking & absolutely terrifying all at once.

looking back, i still can’t believe i actually swam 1.5K (.90 miles) in the freezing pacific ocean, THEN rode my bike 40K (24.85 miles) along the pacific coast highway & still had enough energy to run a 10K (6.2 miles). i’m tired right now, just thinking about it. seriously, what was i thinking?

i definitely wasn’t the fastest, but honestly, all i wanted to do was survive, which i did. & thanks to my special edition black sparkle skirt – at least i looked pretty… not to mention i got way more cheers, compliments & enough guys picking up on me, to boost my self-esteem through the roof.

team_sparkle_at_malibu_triathlon1.5K ocean swim: approximately 39 minutes

40K bike ride: approximately 1 hour 37 minutes

10K run: approximately 55 minutes

* i lost my timing chip, so times are based off of my garmin.

total time: 3:17:15

& while i definitely proved that slow & steady finishes the race, i was far from finishing first (or even second or third). in my age division i placed 34th out of 58, i placed 202 out of 311 women, & overall i placed 865 out of 1085. however, my hubby jeff performed amazingly at his first road triathlon. he finished the entire race in just 2:24:05, placing 12th out of 120 in his age division, 70th out of 774 men, & overall he placed 83rd out o 1085. & our friends elise & skyler, they came in 7th & 17th in their respective age divisions. they’ve definitely set the bar pretty high for me.

7 comments
Gretchen
Gretchen

Congrats!!! Love the skirt, so cute! I'm a tri mama too. Took a break from it this past year and now i'm looking forward to 2011. be well.

Kristen
Kristen

That's awesome! I've done 2 sprint Tri's, but never an olympic... that's my goal for next year. Did you train any different? And... I'm signing up for the Ragnar... oh man, that will be an experience. Love reading your blog since it's about both crafts and races! And they're local (I live in HB)!

Marilee
Marilee

Wow, another marathon. Your running time after swimming and biking is amazing to me. I love to read these posts, it keeps me motivated and excited to run another 5k.

Tasha Adams
Tasha Adams

Congratulations! The swim in open water would really throw me off. I've noticed that you wear spyder tape on your knee (that's what its called, right?) I had my right knee scoped a month ago, haven't gotten the green light to run yet, but I'm wondering since you wear it, what your injury was (I had some plika clipped) and how well it does with controlling your pain? Great job on the tri! Tasha

Kelly
Kelly

I use KT Tape (probably the same idea) & LOVE it. It's like magic - I wouldn't be able to run without it, literally. I tore my ACL, MCL & meniscus years ago & still have pain as a result. Thanks to KT Tape I been able to run a marathon & do several Triathlons. The stuff is AMAZING!

Jan
Jan

Congrats. Any time you cross the finish line, you're a winner. My husband did the Malibu Tri. several times. It's a great race and well organized. There were always celebrities around to watch for us cheerleaders and ambulance drivers, (that was my job).

kelly
kelly

it was a fun race. although, because i did the "longer" international distance we didn't get to see any celebrities! :(

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