Sunday, August 1, 2010

I tried a Tri

This weekend I competed in my first triathlon, the Anthem Sprint Triathon. It was perfect for beginners like me. And it was so much fun.  I’ve always thought that triathletes were kinda crazy for doing 3 events in 1—but it makes for such a fun, interesting race.  I was getting a little burned out on running, but still wanted to compete in the Georgetown 1/2 marathon with all my friends in a few weeks.  Since biking and swimming are such good cardio workouts, I thought it would be great cross training.  And it was.  Redline Races put together a great course, and a fun event.  The swim was a little crazy.  It was a pool swim (I know some of you will say it’s not a real triathlon because it wasn’t open water, but I don’t care). We jumped into the water (4 people in a lane) and immediately they tell us to go. I didn’t even have my goggles on yet!  But I started swimming anyway, then realize my goggles weren’t on, stopped, put them on and then kept going.  After that all went well.  My legs felt like bricks on the run (they always feel like that after getting off the bike) but I was still able to pull a good time.  Thank goodness for adrenaline!  My friend, and fellow M.O.M., Jarrie, did the race as well, and our awesome friend Amber came to cheer us on and take pics. So, most the pics are courtesy of her.  Two of my neighbors, Kyle and Marc also joined the fun.

At the end of the run I was kicking hard to the finish line, and the DJ said something like, “She has way too much energy—let’s send her on a second lap.”  Josh looks up at him and said, “My mom is NOT going to do that again.”  How right you are Josh.  At least not right then.
Video of the finish line

I’m in the red swim cap. 
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I think body marking makes you look tough.  Does it cancel out my ugly running sunglasses?


Hayley said...

you go girl!
i am registered for a tri this fall, but am having second thoughts...i hurt my knee in june doing a 1/2 & have not been training at all.
the announcer was right, you do have way too much energy to be finishing ;)
Good Job!

Ralph said...

You are so buff. I'm not going to challenge you to an arm wrestle. Way to go Tara!!

Susan said...

You are so awesome!! Way to go!!

Carlie said...

Go you!! That's great. That is classic Josh. You can always count on him to bail you out of a sticky situation!! Miss and love ya!!

Jami and Scott said...

Nice job Tara! You are my hero :)

Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli said...

Good for you. 4 people in a lane isn't an easy swim. It would make me crazy.
Body marking is most definitely tough!
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The Loveridge Family said...

What a great accomplishment! Your next tri better be with ME!!!!!