Yesterday I made my first attempt at a triathlon... and it was great! My friend Leslie told me about this all-women's sprint triathlon at Blue Lake Park just outside of Portland a while back and I've kept it in the back of my mind. I feel pretty strong in running and fine in biking, but I'm never been much of a swimmer. So I started swimming at my community center a couple months ago, slowly built up my confidence in the water, and signed up for this year's Blue Lake race. I decided to participate in the "Tri-It Novice Triathlon" which has a shorter swimming distance than a sprint triathlon. The race includes a 1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride, and 5k run.
The race was great and I felt strong the entire time. Swimming was definitely the hardest since I'd never actually swam a fair dinstance in a lake and since there were lots of people surrounding me (kicking, splashing, scratching, bumping). But I ended up finishing 1st in my age group (25-29 year old) and 10th overall for the Tri-It race with a time of 1:26:05 (11:12 swim, 42:53 bike, 24:33 run, plus transition times). This race was so fun and definitely not boring. My mom and dad are in town for a long weekend (more to come on that soon!) so they were able to come out for the race. And Megan and Drew came to watch too - thanks, guy! You're the best.
marked with our race number and age
starting off with the swim
transition area between the swim and bike
headed out for the run
my friend (and coach) Leslie
the crew post-race