I’m a triathlete

Eric spoke at the pasta party–pre-race. He mentioned how because of Team in Training, he is able to be on medication that keeps him alive. Everyone was teary-eyed including him. My mom and dad were in Memphis all weekend cheering me on. It was fun to spend some time with them, even though I was slightly nervy until the race started.

Race day started bright and early with a 3:15am wake-up call. We met in the lobby at 3:45. Got to the park, and off-loaded our bikes and got the tires pumped up and pedals put on.

3:32:32. My goal was 3:30 and I was well on my way to getting there but had a difficult 2nd half of the run. The heat got to me–and I have a pretty nasty sunburn. I did apply sunscreen, but not frequently enough.

Here’s me at the finish line, trying to run without puking. Crazy that despite that, I am already ready to sign up for another race and trying to figure out how to increase my times!

Here’s me before the swim. I didn’t realize I would get a little motion-sick in the water. And the swimming portion is definitely a full-contact sport. Lots of people got kicked in the face, swam over and what-not. Who knew?!?!

Here’s me zooming in on the bike. I rode it in over 16mph, which is 2mph faster than my 15.5 mile race 3 weeks ago!! I got to say hydrating on the ride certainly helps!

Thanks again for all the well-wishes and support.



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6 thoughts on “I’m a triathlete”

  1. Thanks for all the well-wishes.

    Kathleen–sorry to not ask–funny how most people seem to wish I didn’t ask them! Here’s the link for this event. http://www.active.com/donate/tntgmo/teamkaty
    I’m already considering another event–it really is a sickness. So you can save up for that one too!



  2. A belated congrats!

    I did the Rapps (run/swim) biathalon years ago. I didn’t know the etiquette. All I knew was that people would push me underwater and swim OVER me.

    Only later did a friend in the know ask if I felt people touch my back or shoulder before they pushed me under?

    Hmm, yes, but I didn’t think anything of it.

    He said that triathalon etiquette was to tap someone on the shoulder to let them know you want to pass. If they don’t get out of your way, then you can swim over them. Yipes.

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