xterra renegade off-road tri

by @according2kelly on June 13, 2011

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.

1/2 mile lake swim: 19 minutes & 47 seconds

15 mile mountain bike ride: 1 hour, 45 minutes & 45 seconds

3 mile trail run: run 41 minutes & 2 seconds

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.

 

6 comments
Jennifer
Jennifer

I am right there with Stacey L. Love you blog. Strongly considering getting one of those skirts. Too cute!! I will be doing my first Sprint Tri in September as well and my training officially started today. I was supposed to swim but the lake was too choppy and the weather wasn't so great today. I went with what I know so I ran instead. That's the easy part. Any tips on trasitioning would be welcomed. Way to go on your second Tri!!!

kristen
kristen

go kelly! you rock the sparkle!!!

StaceyL.
StaceyL.

Hi there - I love your blog - so inspirng! I am signed up for a sprint tri in sept. and am curious about your initial swim time. The swim HORRIFIES me and am hoping the Coast Guard is on hand that day as the swim will be in the Gulf of Mexico! Thanks for any advice/info you could give - CONGRATS on your race!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

definitely get a skirt – there something about that sparkle power! i did all of my training in a pool. in fact, my first “open water” swim was the tri itself! my best transition tip is to go sockless!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

my initial swim time & THIS swim time are completely different because the distances were actually different. don't worry! you'll do great. my first "real" tri swim was .90 miles in the ocean. and as much as i hate the swim, you can't go wrong with a wetsuit - i always tell myself at least i'll float with that wet suit on. good luck! and have fun!

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