Sunday, July 31, 2011

Blue Lake Tri-It Triathlon

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


  1. You continue to amaze me, Mary! Always up for something new and challenging! You rock! If only, I could be more like you! Love you!

  2. Way to go, Willis! You didn't tell me you got first place in your age group!

  3. Top 10 finish and 1st in your age group. I think that may be a Moore family best ever. As I sit at my computer, I'm very proud of you. Guess I better get outside but it is already nearly 100 and headed for 108.