We completed our first triathlon! Here’s a recap of our first sprint triathlon, the Razor City Splash and Dash Triathlon in Gillette, Wyoming
Big news: my husband and I completed our first triathlon on May 3rd! We completed our town’s 2014 Razor City Splash and Dash triathlon: 900 yard indoor swim, 12 mile bike, and a 5K run.
My husband Zach has wanted to do the local triathlon for several years, so this year we decided to do it. And we decided to complete the entire triathlon together instead of trying to create a team.
For the swim, we swam in our local school district’s aquatic center. There was over 100 people competing in the event, so there were about 4-5 people per swim lane. It was messy at first, but we worked through it and found a rhythm. Well, everyone else did…I had to keep stopping to adjust my cap, my goggle strap came apart, I inhaled some water (yuck), so it took me a while to find my rhythm.
My swim time improved 4 minutes over my training times which is awesome! But I was still one of the last people to leave the pool. Then I HAD to stop and use the bathroom during transition – thanks to my ridiculous bladder I lost a minute or 2!
The bike took me longer than I would have liked, there were some pretty big hills in our 12-mile route! I was freezing too. The weather was nice but the breeze was chilly and the clouds started covering up the sun so I got pretty cold on the bike even though I was working hard on the hills.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a split time for my run so I’m not sure where I was at with that one. I ran well, except that the tendinitis in my knee started flaring up. I am pretty happy with my transitions (minus the bathroom break): I wore my Altra shoes for the bike and run, so I saved tons of time in T2 since I only had to swap my helmet for a ball cap and I was off and running.
I felt great during the race (except for the swim), and my official time was 1:50:11 (last in my age group). It was slower than I would have liked, but I am proud of myself for doing the whole thing! Now I have a goal to reach for next time. I turn 30 in July so I’ll be in a new age bracket, so I know what I should be aiming for time-wise.
But ultimately, I really wanted to just enjoy my time at the race, and we did! We are already planning for more triathlons in our area. We really enjoyed it and my husband is now hooked 🙂
All in all, I felt ready for the triathlon – I was a bit nervous just because it was my first one but I felt ready to conquer it. I had planned out my transitions, had all my gear ready, and felt physically prepared for the race. I felt pretty good at the end, except that the tendinitis in my knee started kicking up again during my run.
I’m going to have to get physical therapy for it starting next week since it just won’t go away, and I have more races to do! 🙂 Doing this race has reignited my passion for fitness and has given me more motivation in my blogging as well. Sometimes we need a good challenge to keep things fresh and to remind ourselves what we are capable of – not only physically but mentally as well!
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
10 thoughts on “Razor City Splash and Dash Triathlon Recap”
oh i’ve always wanted to do ones of these! great job and and what a team!
Thanks Lindsay! It was fun, and we are definitely looking forward to doing more together!
Awesome job. I keep toying with the idea of a tri, and then getting really nervous and wussing out. You did fabulous.
Thanks Abby, I really appreciate the kind words! 🙂 I struggled after the race to feel good about what I had done since I was much slower than I had hoped. I need to switch my focus to the positives about this race – I did it! And I wasn’t physically wasted afterward either, it felt good.
This sounds awesome. My first tri is on June 22 and I am a little nervous for the swim. It is in open water and that will likely be my week point. Can’t wait for the race.
This was a great experience! I would definitely do some things different next time (specifically clothing), but it was great. Good luck on your race! You will have to let me know how you do 🙂 Open water swimming is challenging – kudos for doing it!! My husband is getting ready to do an Olympic distance tri in August and that’s in open water (in a reservoir). I’m still undecided if I want to do that one with him or not! They are having a duathlon (run bike run) the same day and I might do that one instead…
Congrats lady!! And those hills look crazy!
Thank you Ari! There were some crazy hills on the course. I’m not strong on the hills so I know what I need to practice for next time, haha!
Nice!! I think its SO great when couples stay active together!
Thanks Divya! It’s nice to train with your best friend too 🙂