a year ago i raced my first triathon – ever. even with a year of experience under my belt, this off-road triathlon was just as hard, & just as scary as the first.
swimming is still a major weakness for me (despite spending hours in the pool), & once again i experienced a bit of a panic attack in the lake. but i took dori’s philosophy on life to heart & told myself to “just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” & while i may have literally been one of the last people out of the lake (people were back stroking pass me), i did survive. next up, i had to tackle the mountain bike… which is honestly, quite possibly, just as nerve racking as the swim. (sometimes i wonder i do i torture myself?) luckily, the trail run was just around the corner – & that’s something i know i can do.
my team sparkle skirt must be magical… amazingly, i managed to take home 3rd place! (holy cow! i still can’t believe it.) i’m not going to lie, there were only 6 women racing in my age group… but, 3rd place is still 3rd place.
total time: 2 hours 50 minutes & 11.7 seconds
luckily, i didn’t have to race alone… we had an entire group of team-sparkle-skirt-wearing ladies. & i wasn’t the only one on the podium that day… both brenna & tamara (wearing yellow) took home 3rd places as well. all i can say? a little sparkle looks good on the podium.