Why you should try a Tri


If you follow on Instgram, Twitter or Facebook, you may have read that the sprint triathlon that myself, my husband and a few other friends participated in was on Sunday.

It was the most physically challenging thing I have ever done. Let me take you back to the beginning to explain how I got from not being able to run one half of a mile, to doing this sprint triathalon.

*a sprint triathalon means it’s shorter than a more typical tri. It was a 250 yard swim, 12.5 mile bike, and 2 mile run.

So, it’s summer. My husband is deep into P90X. He’s lookin’ good. He’s getting fit. In fact, he lost about 15 lbs and he wasn’t overweight to begin with! He went from a no-pack to a 6-pack. He was in, what we like to call, “Beast-Mode”.

So while he’s getting all healthy and eating better, I’m sitting around doing the same old same old. I have never had a particularly healthy diet. I can take in a ton of sugar. I also would never book a “lunch” time at the studio so it was pretty common for me to chug a coke and cram some goldfish in my mouth for lunch.

I was inspired by my husbands new healthy lifestyle but not remotely interested in P90X. So while sitting in Midway airport retuning to Raleigh from a week at home, my sister and I started talking about mini-triathalons. Long story short, we found one in Knightdale (which is only 10-15 minutes away) and  talked seriously about doing it.

I told my husband about it and he jumped right on board, which he always does! My sister decided to wait a little bit, so it ended up just being Justin and I. We asked Chris and Mary if they were interested, both of them being runners, and they were–so it turned into the four of us.

My athletic P90X-ed husband asked me if I wanted to join him on a two mile run one Sunday afternoon in July. We had already decided to do the Tri, so I thought, “Well sure. I’ve got to start somewhere!”.

So we went out, at 1:00 in 105 degrees and ran. I lasted about 6 minutes. (I’m aware that these are not ideal conditions for a first run, but just go with me here)

I quickly learned that I was wildly out of shape and had to get into gear for this Tri.

So I started training, seriously, for it in August. We joined a gym with a pool, and I started going 4-5 days a week. I didn’t have a schedule, but I just started at what I was worst at and worked up from there. I wanted to get running down since that was my biggest struggle.

I would get on the treadmill, set it for 20 minutes, and start my training. I would run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute, until I got to 20 minutes. And slowly increase from there. Eventually, I could run 20 minutes confidently without walking.

While I was getting into running shape, I was also biking (mostly indoor) and swimming. I had to learn how to properly swim for this Tri. I could doggy paddle, but that’s about it!

My husband taught me how to swim, and we would train together on Saturday mornings. I loved that time with him. We would go bright and early, either run or bike to start, and then head to the pool to swim. For a lot of our training the outdoor pool was open so we would be outside swimming laps at 8:00a. It was so peaceful outside, but such a tough workout in the pool.

Swimming is no joke.

So, from August to October I would train in all three areas. I spent most of my time running and swimming, but in hind sight I wish I would have biked more.

The day before the Tri, Chris, Mary, Justin and I went to pick up our packets and bibs. I wasn’t feeling very nervous about it, but after we left the info session, I was nervous. It became real.

We “drove” the bike route to get a feel for it and it was looooooooong. Oh man, this bike was going to be tough. There was an abundance of hills.

We returned home that evening and got our stuff ready for an early start the next morning. We had to be at the location at 6:00am!

Justin and I both bought triathalon outfits/uniform/whatever at a local store that was going out of business–how perfect. So we tried those on one more time, grabbed our towels, goggles, sun glasses, extra socks, shoes and I added a long sleeve shirt that I thought I may want during the 50 degree bike ride. We load the bikes in the car, and make our peanut butter sandwiches for the morning.

So, if you are new to triathlons, you wear the same thing during each leg of the race. It’s basically spandex (you will see in the photos) and could not be less flattering. So my slogan for race day was “The worst I’ve ever looked, but the best I’ve ever felt”, in a jovial tone.

Neither of us slept well that night, of course, and had to be up at 4:30a.

We arrive at the race location when it was still dark and freezing. I think the temperature was 45 degrees. Justin points out that our fingers are going to absolutely freeze during the bike ride. I wish I packed gloves!

We get checked in, get our numbers written on us in permanent marker, attach our chips to our ankles, and wait for the start. The four of us are excited, nervous, and anxious. Of the 300 people in attendance, there was a huge variety of skill levels, which helped me relax a little. The serious triathletes were at the front. They were skinny, already walking around barefoot, and confident. Then as the numbers grew, the variety of people and skill levels increased. A lot of people were beginners like the four of us.

Justin and Chris were seeded earlier than Mary and I since they were faster swimmers. They were called into the pool area and Mary and I crammed our way through the crowd to watch them. I was most nervous about the swim so I thought watching it would help me, and it did. But it also affirmed my greatest fear–the swim was chaos. Somewhat organized, but a little chaotic.

You didn’t swim up and down the same lane, you weaved through the lanes like a maze. This was the most efficient way to get 300 people through. The hard part was not knowing how to space the swimmers and either passing people or being passed. There were plenty of times where 4-5 swimmers were in the same lane swimming opposite directions. It was a little crazy.

Justin and Chris got through it, and both did well. When Mary and I got in the pool, two of the tallest women competing got in right behind us. We should have had them go first, but we didn’t. Sure enough, only 1 lap into my swim, they both passed me–which was completely fine, but it sort of gets you out of rhythm.

Swimming up and down the lanes went fine, it was the turns that caused a little trouble. But all in all, it was the quickest part of the triathalon and in some ways the easiest.

I climbed out of the pool and was blasted by the cold air. I jogged to the transition area where my bike was racked. I toweled off as best as I could, threw my helmet on, and tried to dry my feet. I pulled my socks and shoes on and when I stood back up to pull on my long sleeve shirt, I could feel water dripping from my outfit down into my shoes. My feet were soaked. But, I had to go.

I hop on my bike and ride. And about 1 minute in I realize I forgot my sunglasses.

As it turns out, my soaking wet feet was much more uncomfortable than my freezing hands. I was cold! And already out of breath. I tried to shift gears but my thumbs were so cold I could barely muster the strength.

The worst hill of the bike ride was right at the beginning. I really wanted to pedal through it but it was just too steep. I followed the several people in front of me and hopped off to walk it up the hill. It took forever. It was great to get past that and get into a good groove.

The most challenging part of the bike ride, other than the frequent hills, was the isolation. There was a lot of time where I was by myself. I could see a person way in front, and was occasionally passed by another biker, but it was pretty quiet out there. That was the most mentally exhausting.

Upon my return from the longest bike ride of my life, I saw Mary who had just started her run. I knew I was close to the next transition, and I also knew Justin and Chris were finished.

I pulled in from my bike ride, and there was my wonderful husband cheering me on. He was so excited and proud of me, it was so sweet. I got off my bike and he said, “Your legs will feel better”. I’m thinking,”well, they are kind of tired but they aren’t that bad. . .I don’t know what he’s talking about”. I give him a high-five and head out on my run.

Oh. That’s what he was talking about. Running, or attempting to run, after a brutal bike ride, is nearly impossible. Your legs are like rubber. I felt like I just got off a horse!

I pushed through it, and was able to run almost all of the 2 miles. I grabbed a cup of water from the water girls and threw it on my face just like they do in the movies. πŸ™‚

The run, since I was well-prepared for it, was challenging but not as hard as I thought.

(Mary coming in to the finish!)

As I came back around, I saw Justin, Chris and Mary waiting for me by the finish. Justin came and ran next to me for the last 30 feet, and was cheering me on.

I ran through the final shute and had completed my first sprint triathlon.

I was so proud. And so proud of my husband and my friends. And so glad it was over!

We all shared stories over orange slices and water about our experiences on each leg of the race. It was really great to hear we all had a successful race and finished in about the time we thought we would.

Justin and Chris finished in 1 hour, 13 minutes, with Justin only 38 seconds behind Chris. Mary finished in 1 hour, 33 minutes, and I finished in 1 hour, 43 minutes.

(Chris, looking barely worn out, after the race)

I anticipated, based on my training beforehand, that it would take about an hour and a half (without transitions), so I was glad to be near that time!

So, would I do it again? Absolutely. In fact, I’m planning on doing one next year. And I would tell anyone to do it because it is one of the most rewarding feelings when you finish it. It gave me a purpose for working out and getting in shape, and it’s also really cool to say I’ve done a triathlon. 

So, try a Tri. And remember my slogan, “The worst you’ve ever looked, but the best you’ve ever felt”! 

Okay, now it’s time for pictures of my hot husband and pictures that capture the essence of an exhausted semi-atheltic triathlete (me), Chris on his bike, and Mary–the runner–who posed for the camera–because why not? She’s just running? Psshhhttt. easy. πŸ™‚

see that 6-pack? ow ow! 

maaaaaaaaaaan those shorts are bad. Am I right? 

I would seriously love to answer any other questions you may have if you are considering doing a sprint triathalon. Feel free to comment below with anything!

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Comments (126)

  1. Posted October 17, 2012

    That’s awesome. I did my first mini-tri this past summer. I started out physically about where you were. Isn’t it so gratifying?!?! My only complaint is that the day of the tri I had a bum knee and I ended up being 6 weeks pregnant. Of course no one knew but me! So next year… its on! Great job, keep it up.

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      Good job for finishing even with a bum knee and pregnant!! It is such a great feeling to finish it!

  2. Posted October 17, 2012

    I’m in awe of you for training and finishing! That is an amazing accomplishment! I’m not sure I will ever do a Tri, but I started running in April and I’m thinking of entering a race. I haven’t worked up the courage yet, but your post is a good motivator!

  3. TP says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congrats! That’s awesome. I have be wanting to do a tri for a while. I think I’m in the shape to do it–done a half marathon and swam on a team a while back– my concern is the cost. How much did all the gear cost you? It seems most races are at least $60. Any advice on what gear is essential, and what you could have skipped? Thanks! And congrats again.

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      The tri-outfit was a little expensive but we were able to buy ours at about 60-70% off since the store was going out of business. I would say ,though, that if cost was an issue, you could buy spandex/tight running shorts and a fitted workout top (not cotton) and that would suffice. I didn’t end up using a swim cap, but it’s only $8.00. So you can kind of make it as cheap or expensive as you want!

  4. Posted October 17, 2012

    So awesome Kate! Especially that you couldn’t run two months ago! (I say this because neither can I :)) Huge accomplishment- congrats!

  5. Jen says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Great job Kate! You did great. I trained for an ran my first 25K (The 5/3 Riverbank Run in Grand Rapids, MI) this spring and it is such an amazing feeling to know what your body can do! Congrats again!

  6. Suzan says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    A tri! Wow, I am so impressed. I can only imagine how proud you must feel!

  7. Posted October 17, 2012

    Great job!! I’ve done running races for a while (from 5k to ultra marathon) but when I showed up for my first tri a few months ago, I was terrified!!! It definitely takes a lot of guts… kudos to you for getting out there and accomplishing your goal!

  8. Kari says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations on your first triathlon! On saturday the 13th, the day before your race I finished my first half marathon. Crossing the finish line is the greatest feeling! Awesome job Kate!

  9. Jessica says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    You’re awesome! I’ve thought about doing one but I haven’t found the courage yet! I recently just completed my first 2 5k’s. I don’t particularty enjoy running and I think I would enjoy a Tri better. Good for you!

  10. Posted October 17, 2012

    Wow! Good for you! That is awesome and VERY impressive!

  11. Posted October 17, 2012

    Wow, that’s awesome!! I can’t even imagine. You go girl! (And yes, those shorts are horrid, but whatevs!)

    Did you follow a C25k type program for swimming to build up your endurance? I’d love to know more about how you did your swim training.

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      I followed no program whatsoever. πŸ™‚ I may consider following one for my next tri though. I just practiced, a lot, and would swim as many laps as I needed to feel comfortable and get my breathing down.

  12. Rebecca says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    That is so awesome! I would to try a Tri (that’s so funny to say). It looks like fun!!

  13. Nichole says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Good job Kate! I’m proud of you for even attempting this and impressed that you finished! Thanks for sharing your experience with us πŸ™‚

  14. Shelley says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    i’m running my first ever half marathon on saturday and to say i’m nervous is an understatement. but this is exactly what i needed to read. thank you & great job!

  15. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congrats! That’s awesome! xo

  16. JK&J says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Kate! I’m so proud of you! Running the marathon last year was definitely one of my greatest accomplishments. I’ve been toying with doing another but don’t really have the time to train or the desire to do that to my knees. Maybe this is my compromise. Wanna come do one with me in CO? πŸ˜‰

    Here’s my post about my marathon, if you’re interested: http://tutasfamily.blogspot.com/2011/05/last-weekend-i-ran-marathon.html#comment-form

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      Eek. Thats a long way to run. I can’t imagine doing (or training for) a marathon! I am not a runner. I think I may stick with the tri’s!

  17. Posted October 17, 2012

    Wait Mary Talbert Newman!!!??! I liked your photo on Facebook and didn’t even put it together that you did this with one of my favorite bloggers, Kate!!!

    Last night I saw the FB update from TSTB and was like ‘Oh, Mary just did a triathalon, I can’t wait to read this!’ WHAT!? Hahaha!!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      so funny. Small small world!

  18. Bethany says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Thanks so much for this post! I’m running my first 5K in exactly one month and I’m nervous, especially about the process (what to wear, where to go, what to eat that morning, etc.) Your post was super helpful in explaining the “behind the scenes” aspect.

    It was also really encouraging and inspiring to read about your training. I started out about where you are and could barely run 10 minutes without stopping. Now I can do 35 minutes at a faster pace and steeper incline — feels awesome! Congrats!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      good luck on your 5k!

  19. Anonymous says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Great story, thanks for sharing with us!

  20. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations!! That’s is a great accomplishment!

  21. Liz says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    That must be a great feeling! A mini Tri actually sounds kind of fun. I started running this summer to get into shape and have my first half marathon coming up on Sunday! I’m so nervous, but I’m hoping to finish it in 2.5 hours.

  22. Posted October 17, 2012

    This is on my husband and I’s bucket list too! I am a big runner and he is a big cyclist, so we hope to mesh it all together soon. Thanks for sharing your experience – you guys look great!

  23. Lisa says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations!! This is such a fantastic accomplishment! I couldn’t help but smile at your running training (run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute, repeat) because that is exactly how my dad started running. He’s now training for the Ironman! πŸ™‚

  24. LL says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congrats to you! Having done 2 sprint tri’s, one in the ocean (yuck!), I realize how hard the swim is and how difficult it is to run after a long bike ride. Your legs feel like jello, a much different feeling than after running a half marathon (very sore and exhausted).
    Nex time, try re-fueling with a bar/ energy GU or gatorade while riding the bike. It will make all the difference in the world! Water doesn’t cut it when needing calories and fuel for energy.

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      great to know-thank you!!

  25. Posted October 17, 2012

    I am interested in doing a sprint tri sometime in the near future, it’s always been a dream of mine. After reading about your experience I am super excited!! Do you have any advice on training for the biking section? That is the part that scares me the most!

  26. Melissa says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    LOVED this post! I’ve always thought about doing a Tri but for now am sticking with running. I thought of you on Sunday when I was running my race at the same time! I know how proud you must be of yourself, it becomes addicting! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

  27. Heidi says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congrats on your first tri! That’s awesome! I did a sprint tri a few years ago, which lead to me training for and finishing a half marathon, then taking up cycling seriously and completing a century ride. Tris are a great way to give yourself a goal to work out for.

  28. Jill says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    I am so proud of you! This is awesome! I would (in theory) love to do something like this, but I’m so scared!!!! I’ve never even ran a real 5k race, haha

  29. Jill N says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    You go girl! I loved reading this post! I’m a beginner at working out too. Most of the fitness blogs I read are very motivating, yet very beyond my level of fitness. Would love to see more posts about your fitness journey!

  30. Jessica says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    This is so wonderful! I’m in awe of you and frankly, INSPIRED. I nearly had tears in my eyes reading about when you crossed the finish line. I am in need of a kick-start and you may have provided a lot of the proper motivation. Best of luck to you in future training!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      you are too sweet! πŸ™‚

  31. Posted October 17, 2012

    Can I ask how much you were swimming before the Tri? I Really want to try a sprint triathalon but for some reason the swimming just freaks me out. Everyone I’ve talked to says it’s SO much easier than you think. I’ve done a marathon and several half marathons but the triathalon really scares me!!!! I’m not a good swimmer at all and in fact don’t even really like the water, but I think if I could complete a sprint triathalon maybe I could conquer my fear!

  32. Posted October 17, 2012

    I love love lovee how your hubby ran with you at the end! <3 seriously though congrats girlfriend

  33. Anonymous says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    great post!

  34. Cassie says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    you go girl!! that’s so awesome. absolutely inspiring!! good luck with your next one!!

  35. CALLIE says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    So So proud of you!! I am a runner and have been contemplating trying a tri. I have to do it!!

  36. Mandy says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations!! What a feeling of accomplishment you must have! I have just started a pretty massive (no pun intended) weight loss journey. I have a little over 100 lbs to lose and am down 15 so far. I so hope to someday be able to participate in something like the sprint tri-athalon. I have been following your blog for a long time now and you’ve inspired me in many ways. It started with getting a haircut that I love and getting away from my ponytail everyday style. I then began caring more about taking care of my skin and paying more attention to the makeup I was wearing. It’s crazy how much better those things made me feel and helped get me to a place where I could begin this weight loss journey. So thanks for all you do, your blog is inspiring and hilarious!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      good for you! that is hard work, but very rewarding!

      So glad to hear my blog has been helpful for you! πŸ™‚ Thank you for telling me!

  37. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congrats on your first triathlon. I got bit by the triathlon bug this year as well. I completed three triathlons this summer and I’ll run the Dallas half marathon in Dec. I’m hoping to do a half ironman (70.3 miles) in 2013! If you ever need a training resource, check out http://www.tridaily.com – it’s the team I train with. You can build FREE custom schedules that work with your availability. It’s an amazing resource and so helpful!

  38. Posted October 17, 2012

    Way to go Kate!! I love that you & your husband trained and competed together. That’s a serious race to do — you should be super proud!

  39. Posted October 17, 2012

    You are awesome! I run and have completed a few 5ks and a 10k, but tris have scared me. I think it is the swimming part that makes me not sign up.

    I loved this post! πŸ™‚

  40. Christy says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    That’s awesome, Kate! Congratulations! I am running my first half marathon in December.

  41. Lindsey Bollin says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Kate that is awesome! I am so jealous by the way. Your story is really inspiring.

  42. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congrats! I don’t think I could ever do a tri….maybe I’ll think about it now haha I know my husband would be on board.

  43. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations, Kate! My sister is a marathon runner and has done a couple of Sprint Triathlons too. The farthest I’ve ever run (and probably will ever run) is a 10K (6.2 miles), but if I could do separate events, maybe I could do a sprint tri… ? πŸ™‚

    Get it, girl! #beastmode

  44. Anonymous says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Wow what an accompishement! I cant believe you started from nothing wow how did you change your diet I know you starrted meal planning can you give some examples on a blog????? How fast did you start to get your heart rate going when you had never worked out previously????

  45. LK says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations! For the swim, do you have to dive in? Or can you just jump inor climb in? I have never been able to dive

  46. Posted October 17, 2012

    Woah! Congrats! I don’t think that I would ever have the courage to do something like that!

  47. Anonymous says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    CONGRATS! πŸ™‚ That is so great! I’m an avid runner, but always get scared away from a Tri by the swimming part! But reading/seeing your experience, it gives me the itch to try one! We’ll see! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing!

  48. Posted October 17, 2012

    Kate, who even cares if I have pride in you but I’m so proud of you!!!

    That’s a huge accomplishment. I’ve never even considered anything like that because I can’t swim. I can survive if I have to but can’t swim laps or anything.

    I love all the details too.

  49. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congrats! My husband just finished his 2nd marathon and is thinking about doing a tri


  50. Posted October 17, 2012

    Good for you! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

  51. Amanda says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congrats! I can just imagine how good that felt to accomplish a triathalon, very inspiring! Have you tried doing P90X with your husband? Our family is purchasing it for my husband for Christmas (he’s been BEGGING for it), and I’d like to do it with him…Just wondering if you’d tried it, or your thoughts on it…Thanks and congrats again!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      I did it 1 day and did not love it. But I’m more of a “leave the house to workout” instead of workout in front of the TV. But, my husband is ripped from it, so it totally works!

    • Posted October 17, 2012

      It is a very intense work out. You have to be commuted to doing it, don’t just go through the motions.

  52. Carolyn says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    OMG! This is so amazing! Good work!! πŸ™‚

  53. Alix says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Way to go! Congrats! This is quite an accomplishment. I would LOVE to do one of these!

  54. Posted October 17, 2012

    I love that you did this! The feeling of finishing a race is so great! It takes courage to get out of your comfort zone, and you did. Congrats!

  55. Emily says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    That’s an awesome accomplishment. Now I really want to do one too with my Fiance. WHat kind of bike training did you do, I feel that would be my weakness?

  56. Posted October 17, 2012

    Man Kate – that’s is soooo awesome!!! I wanted to become a runner – well I kinda did anyway. Every time I would get into training I would just get ingured too easily. But was such an awarding experience doing the 5k’s. But I am considering doing the TRI’s. I heard it’ll be a lot easier for me because of my running injuries I keep getting. Trouble is I’m a terrible swimmer (and I’m from Michigan!!), and what type of bike would go for. Funds are low… What would you suggest?

  57. Christy says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations!! This is great accomplishments!! I don’t think I can do tri for some reason Im not an stronger swimmer (I can swim in pool but not for race) hardly hold my breath very well in water. I’ve never been to any races but I have a goal to finishing my first 5K run/walk in my neighborhood to support my sons school/district on March. That would help me to keep moving and training for my 5k as well as my weight loss and being healthy for life! You did a fantastic job and keep up for next race!

  58. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations! I was actually debating doing that tri this year (I live in Greensboro, so it’s not too far) but chickened out haha Maybe next year!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      you should have!!

  59. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations! And I thought running a 5K was exciting, but it has nothing on a mini-tri. Your story is definitely motivation for the rest of us!

  60. Sarah says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    I just started training for a triathlon too! Your post couldn’t have been better timed as I had wondered about a few things- like what to wear! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to do my own next year! I’m even blogging about it. I figure if I put myself out there, I’ll actually do it. ha! I gave you a shout out… http://lessonsinatri.blogspot.com/2012/10/no-workout-but-recommended-blog-to-read.html

  61. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congrats! You have inspired me to sign up for a spring tri!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      HAVE FUN!!

  62. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations!! I should be able to go to the gym for 30 minutes a day, right?!! You are an inspiration!!

  63. Posted October 17, 2012

    so awesome that you posted all the details of this. i have just started looking into doing a sprint tri. having all the details you provided helps me think even more about it. πŸ™‚ gotta stay young and keep up with my kids somehow right? thank you for your post!

  64. Posted October 17, 2012

    How cool, congratulations.

  65. Posted October 17, 2012

    WOW you Rock!!! you should be proud of your self. You inspire me! I am going to start training for a 5k today. I have been thinking about doing one and you have given me just the push I need to get up and do it. Thanks

    Samantha- http://isalwaystrying.blogspot.com/

  66. Laura says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    So, you answered this a bit in the comments, but I saw your fb post that you are answering questions tomorrow, so I had a few:

    1. What clothing pieces do you need to invest it? And, what are you wearing each leg of the race?

    2. I am HORRIBLE at swimming. What swimming techniques did your husband teach you? Any advice on how to be better at it?

    3. What would you do to practice the bike portion? Indoors, outdoors, hills?

    Thank you!

  67. Carla says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Great Post!
    My husband and I are training for a 10K. It is great to do these activities as a couple…brings you closer in this fast world. πŸ™‚

  68. Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations Kate! That’s incredible! I’ve never done a triathlon because I hate hate HATE running, but I have biked significant distances before (I did a bike trip with my church where you’d be riding for 50-60 miles a day). If you have a road bike, it surprisingly makes a big difference when riding on pavement from a mountain bike. You have less rubber making contact with the road, thus less friction and drag. Roadies also tend to be lighter, just because their frames don’t have to withstand as much. And one of the tips that I got with riding up big hills is to “snake” back and forth across the road or lane if you can. It makes it feel less like you’re riding straight up. I, of course, was too stubborn to take this advice for the first few HUGE hills I rode (walked) up, but by the last one I was so exhausted I’d try anything. It worked. And of course, the right seat can make a world of difference! I just thought if you were going to do another tri, this might help your bike experience to be less painful! I love reading your blog!!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      Great tips–thank you!

    • Meg says
      Posted October 20, 2012

      Kate – yes – I totally agree with this post! You were struggling on the bike portion because of your mountain bike – it’s HEAVY and the tires are not suited to pavement. If you’re serious about continuing to do these races, consider investing in and/or renting a road bike for the race. Learn to clip in and you will have to work less and go much faster!

  69. Sydni says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    You’re awesome! I loved the play-by-play. I put “complete a sprint triathlon” on my 25 before 25 list (i have until next august). First I want to just do a 5k though, since i’ve been working on running. I’ve haven’t been feeling great physically though (lightheadedness and stuff), so I don’t know that I’ll be able to do a 5k by Thanksgiving like I want to, but anyways it’s encouraging to know that you can do the sprint tri without having too much experience. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the motivation!

  70. Posted October 17, 2012

    I am soo inspired! You are a wonderful blogger! love it!! I’m looking on active.com now for a TRI!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      have fun!!!

  71. Karen says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations!!! I got addicted to tris a couple of years ago so watch out – it is hard to do just one :). I am doing an iron distance this weekend in Wilmington!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 17, 2012

      WAY TO GO! that’s amazing!

  72. Kristin says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Wow! Are you saying you trained for this in 2 months???
    The part about your husband brought tears to my eyes!

  73. Karen L says
    Posted October 17, 2012

    Congratulations. I loved this post. I ran my first 5k and a subsequent one at age 50 this past summer. I always thought I would NEVER run but I was goaded into it by a friend and I no good reason to say no. Now that foot issues have pushed me to the sidelines I am envious of those who can. My 26 year old daughter normally runs 4 miles at a time. Last week she did 10 miles and I told her I was envious of her. I do plan to get back to it. Everyone tells you that once you start running you want to keep doing it. Can’t explain why but it is so true.

  74. Karah says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    I just did my first Sprint Tri this august. IT was awesome but so hard! I can’t wait to do another one. But I need to buy a road bike before I do a long Tri. It was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Congrats for completing your first tri!

  75. Pip says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    Well done you- that’s a great post. I’ve done a few sprint tris, and agree with the person above that if you’re going on with it a road bike is fabulous and worth considering. Also, not sure if you did this, but training the bike-to-run transition really helps- its as if the legs learn how to redirect the blood flow more quickly

  76. Caitlin says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    Awesome! I am so impressed and proud of you! I have considered trying a Tri but there’s one thing I’ve never understood- the bra situation. Do you wear a sports bra under your outfit and just swim in it? I have high tech, max support sports bras so I’ve never understood how I would run in a swimsuit πŸ™‚

  77. Posted October 18, 2012

    So cool!! You go girl!! What an accomplishment. I’m attempting my first half marathon next month. Definitely will be a challenge!

  78. Misty says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    How long did each section of the race take you, if you know? I think it’s awesome that you did a sprint triathlon. My husband wants to do one in the spring, and I’m thinking of doing it with him. I did my first 12-mile bike ride today and am thinking of starting running training next!

  79. Posted October 18, 2012

    Amazing! Oh and when you do something that cool……no one cares about your shorts because you are just too cool!

  80. falt007 says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    You looked great, even in the unflattering shorts.

    Can you tell us your makeup/hair routine at the YMCA after swimming? Are there some good hairstyles that you can demonstrate? Do you use dry shampoo in this situation? Also did you do all or most of your training on the treadmill? Thanks for posting.

  81. Posted October 18, 2012

    Wow, this is amazing! Congrats for finishing! I totally know how you felt about running the first time, I signed up for a 5K earlier this year and was like “piece of cake!” and then died after the first half mile of training. Now that I’ve successfully finished a 5K I feel like I can do anything! Maybe a sprint tri is in my future!


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  82. Jessica Outlaw Moore says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    Awwww….this is TOTALLY embarrassing, but I was crying by the end of your story! It was SO nice to see how proud you were of yourself! And the fact that you poured the cup of water on your face just like the big-time runners do, was in awesome! You’re awesome! Thanks for sharing this story ~ such an inspiration to a fatty like me! Ha Ha!

  83. Posted October 18, 2012

    I’m so glad you did a triathlon! This past summer was my first season of triathlons and I became addicted after the first sprint that I went on and did 4 other sprints and 1 Olympic distance! They are a blast and I agree you feel like you have accomplished something great at the end πŸ™‚

  84. Posted October 18, 2012

    Congrats! That’s a huge accomplishment! Reading that you could only doggie paddle and you were able to complete the swimming gives me hope. I am a runner – I am training to do the Goofy’s challenge in Florida in Jan. I’ve never ran a 1/2 and a full in one weekend…very excited and scared at the same time.


  85. Posted October 18, 2012

    Hi Kate!!! Congratulations on the tri!! For a lot of great tips there is a website called slowtwitch.com. There is a section just for women, literally anything you’d need to know for triathlons! Also, the ironman world championship in Kona aires on tv oct 27… Such an AMAZING motivation/ inspiration tool!! (Don’t forget the box of tissues though, because it IS a tear jerker!)

    The next tri you do should be an open water swim! Really adds to the excitement of the race, and you don’t have the lane issue to worry about, however your in age groups so there could be upwards of 50 people all starting at the same time!

    Also, racing with a purpose is an amazing feeling as well. My husband and I race with Team World Vision, helping to get sponsorships for children in Africa! We have gotten sponsors for about 10 children! Just a thought!

    Good Luck on future tris!

  86. Jane says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    Wow I can’t believe you just decided to do this and then did it. I am disabled (legs) and wish I could do this. I definitely would not wear white pants ( black only). LOL
    Other than loving your blog and your charming personality, I also have to say that you have guts girl. I am so proud of you! Congratulations!!!

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  88. Amy B says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    Congratulations on completing your first triathlon! You must be so proud of yourself and your husband! I started doing the C25K about a year ago without being able to run a 1/2 mile without stopping, and now I’m signed up for a half marathon on Nov 4th! Eek! Reading your post yesterday has really inspired me to want to do a sprint triathlon next year! Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ™‚

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  90. Melanie says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    That is so awesome, Kate! You have me considering a tri! One question – where did you get your bike? Seems like they would be expensive. Thanks!

  91. JoAnna says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    Way to go Kate!! I’m super impressed.

  92. JoAnna says
    Posted October 18, 2012

    Way to go Kate!! I’m super impressed.

  93. Posted October 19, 2012

    Congrats! I did my first tri this summer too. My new year’s resolution was to do 1 race/event a month for a year… I’m almost done and it has been so fun!

  94. Posted October 19, 2012

    Congrats! thanks for sharing this so much! I’ve been a swimmer my entire life, but I am scared to death of doing a sprint tri because of the biking! Thanks so much for writing this from a “novice” point of view…maybe next summer I’ll try this! You’re a great writer and I follow your blog everyday, and thanks to your fashion advice, I’ve figured out how to dress myself now that I’m 26 and not in college, but not yet ready for “mom” jeans (even if I am a mom!)

  95. Posted October 19, 2012

    CONGRATS! What a great feat! I’m happy for you!!!

  96. Posted October 20, 2012

    I love this! How inspiring! I like the idea of a mini tri, because it seems a lot more doable. How fun that you trained with your husband! The swimming does sound scary, but maybe if I practiced a little more it wouldn’t seem so daunting!

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  98. K says
    Posted October 21, 2012

    Wow, right on! Definitely inspiring πŸ™‚ The chaos of the swimming (and someone knocking me out with their foot) always puts me off, but it does seem like lots of fun. Congrats!

  99. Posted October 23, 2012

    This is so awesome! I’m a runner and have ran a few half marathons and bike a good bit, but I am scared to do a tri! I am just not too sure about how to work on that swimming part! But you have surly helped push me to try! Awesome awesome job!!

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  101. Posted November 5, 2012

    Very inspiring post! I loved the picture of your husband finishing the run with you. You have great memories here!

  102. Melody says
    Posted January 28, 2013

    Just wanted to say, “Thanks for the motivation!!!” I am going to try and TRI thanks to you!! I mentioned this post when I announce I was interested in doing a Triathlon on my blog http://wp.me/p2Pxrs-8s.

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