On November 8th, my husband, a friend, and I competed in the HITS Lake Havasu City sprint triathlon. This was my second sprint triathlon, but it had been over 2 years since the last one. I wasn’t sure how I would do since my training wasn’t as intense as I would have liked and it was in a new location I had never been to. This was also the first time that I have ever worn a wet suit, let alone raced 750m in 68 degree water.

The race went far better than I had expected. As soon as I got in the water and got used to the temperature, it felt like any other open water race. The men took off first and the women started about 3 minutes behind. From years of swimming mid-distance races, I wasn’t intimidated by the 750m swim. No hesitation. I just put my head down, started going, and before I knew it the swim was over. My swim split was in the top 5 of all women in the event. All I could think was “I still got it!”

The biking portion was difficult, but not nearly as difficult as the previous sprint triathlon I had competed in. This time I had my new road bike (opposed to my heavy hybrid) and the race was only 12 miles (instead of 17 miles). I held it together pretty well, but definitely felt the need to amp up my training moving forward. I could see people flying by me and realized I probably didn’t have the best biking form as well. Much to learn, but a great starting point.

The run is always the hardest part for me. I have never been a runner. I typically tell people when they ask about my running, “I run backwards.” At least that was always my excuse back in my swimming days when they made us cross-train with long runs. However, despite my anti-running attitude I managed to maintain a 12 min/mile pace and walked a bit here and there. I’ve decided if I’m going to try and do any longer distances, I need to work on my running form and endurance the most of anything.

I consider this race the beginning of something new and my new-found goals: To run a marathon, complete an Ironman, and continue to pursue my dream and goal of skydiving from the edge of space. Let the training begin!

Swim
(750m)
T1 Bike
(12mi)
T2 Run
(5k)
Finish
00:13:41.295 00:03:45.871 00:51:44.060 00:02:37.347 00:36:52.792 01:48:41.365