SheRox Triathlon Philadelphia 2010

This past weekend I completed my first ever Sprint Triathlon. When I woke up the morning of the race I was both nervous and excited to get out there and get my race on!

I was most excited to get down to the start line and get body marked!

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Kate and I got body marked on our thighs and arms with our race number and then we got the back of our shins market with our age.

After getting body marked we headed into the transition area to set up our gear. The place was packed and everyone was getting excited for the race to start.

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I was envious of all the cool bikes. I need a road bike in my life!

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Here is my little area with all my stuff set up for transitioning between the three different events.

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After setting up our area all the racers were shuttled into a holding area while the first few waves of swimmers started off.

The first thing I didn’t really understand/like about the race was that the numbers and order of waves were based on age – going from oldest to youngest.

So out of the 19 waves, I was in the 15th. By the time I got started, some of the pros were almost finished!

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Kate and I patiently waited our turn, the time flew by while all the swimmers were called out to the water.

Before I knew it, it was my turn to get out there and swim!

The swimming was the part of the race I was fearing the most. I knew going into it that it would be my weakest event. I practiced and am confident in my abilities, but no amount of preparation in a pool could have prepared me for setting foot in the Schuylkill.

It didn’t help me mentally get ready when before I was about to go into the water I saw a rat scamper across the sand…

They were letting waves in the water with 4 minutes in between each group with an in water start. This was an issue for me. It was nice to get into the water and get comfortable before the race began, but we were all treading water, wasting our initial adrenaline rush for 5 minutes before we were allowed to start. It was a big waste of energy!

As expected the swim was long and hard. I put my head in the water and saw nothing but green murkiness which freaked me out. I was afraid some creature from the abyss was going to come out and grab me so I attempted to swim the majority of the race without putting my head in the water, and when i did put my head in the water, I kept my eyes closed.

This made the swim extra difficult.

Aside from my water fears and sad swimming form, I eventually made it. I am proud to say I didn’t stop once and didn’t have to ask for a noodle or of any of the lifeguards help.

I swam the whole way. I swallowed disgusting Schuylkill water, and even typing that makes me want to vomit, but I finished the distance swimming the whole way!

Here I am coming out from the water. I was super excited to run up this hill after swimming (attempting to not drown) a half a mile.

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At this point I believe I yelled to fiancé and my mom – “That was really hard” – I was really tired from swimming that whole way and wasn’t looking forward to hoping on a bike!   

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After making it up the hill and thanking my lucky stars that the swimming portion was over, I bee-lined it for the transition area.

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Here I am getting my transition on.

To be honest, I was looking forward to sitting on the bike..not necessarily pedaling on the bike, just the sitting part!

Off I went!

As I posted last week, Kate and I went on a little test run of the Tri Bike Course for the actual race.  The course consisted of two loops and while I thought the test run was challenging, the actual course after that tough swim was very hard!

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There were a few pretty massive hills throughout the course, which kicked my booty.

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While I did just get new tires in an attempt to make my bike faster, at the race I was in slow form compared to the rest of the competitors.

This was frustrating to me because I know I am in great shape but others with better gear were hardcore beating me!

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I have a competitive nature and I clearly want to do well in the races I sign up for.  Struggling in a race not because of my endurance or abilities, but because of my gear, was a tough thing for me to handle!

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I did my best and found my groove on the bike…but the whole first two legs of the race I just kept thinking to myself –

I can’t wait to RUN!

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I may not be the best swimmer, or have the greatest bike gear, but I am very confident in my abilities when it comes to running!

I came into transition, threw my bike down and headed out to the course to get my run on!

Kate had started 3 waves in front of me at the beginning of the race and it was my goal the entire time to catch up to her. I found her the last mile of the race at the turn around point and turned up my speed to catch up with her, I really wanted to finish together!

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I went as fast as I knew how trying to catch her!

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It was really great motivation to have at the end of the race!

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She finished a few seconds in front of me, but I was pumped I caught up with her and finished strong!

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I was really happy to finish strong, I felt amazing after the run and could have ran some more!

It was a really challenging and fun race. It was exciting to do something other than running and get a little bit out of my comfort area. I also really enjoyed the fact that this was an all women race. Everyone was laid back and relaxed and there were lots of first timers, like me, so we all helped each other out!

I was so proud of Kate for doing so awesome at her first Tri!  I think her official time was only 10 minutes after mine according to the race clock. She only trained for 3 weeks for this bad boy! She is a machine!

I am still waiting for the official time with transitions but I finished around 1:50. It was a little slower than I expected, but the course was challenging! I am excited to see how my timing breaks down!

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After the race I felt a little sick because I kept thinking of the Schuylkill water I swallowed (please pray for my insides).  It was grossing me out thinking about it!

Aside from that, Kate and I were pooped!

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Kate and I couldn’t have done it without our fans! Jill was awesome and came to cheer us on! She made us signs too! Love you Jill!

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Noodles was there cheering us on and snapping pictures like a Champ! Thanks Noods!


And obviously, fiancé was up bright and early for me. He is seriously my superfan. He takes the best race pictures and I love when he comes to support me at my races!


Love you fiancé!

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My mom also drove up from Virginia to cheer me on! Right after we took the above pictures it started POURING down rain, so my mom and I didn’t get a post race picture together!

She had a great time attending her first triathlon and cheering me on! I think she just wanted to come to see for herself to make sure I didn’t drown!

Thanks for coming mom! Love you!

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After the race I was excited to add my first triathlon medal and bib to my race board!

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I really like the medal. The colors are fun and I really like how the date and location are on the neck strap!

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Can you see where I added my newest medal and bib? I think I am going to need another race board in my life! Things are looking a little crowded!

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All in all it was a fabulous race. I had a lot of fun and would definitely sign up for another sprint triathlon in the future.  Next time I would maybe do a few more practice swims and buy a road bike beforehand!

Have you ever done a triathlon? Do you have plans on doing one? What’s your favorite leg of a tri??

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  • Reply Tricia August 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    great job!

  • Reply Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Congrats girl, great job! I love the picture of you running with everyone blurred in the background- you're a speed demon! I feel ya on the bike thing- it's so frustrating to be working your butt off and then see someone glide past you effortlessly because of a fancy shcmancy bike 😉

  • Reply Carolyn August 2, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Awesome job!! Aren't tris so much fun!? Your lovely description of the water has me nervous for my first open water swim.

    • Reply Kanchi December 15, 2012 at 10:50 am

      I am so excited to see both and Jenna wroikng on bike training . . . I was really ready to sign up for my first running race but my knee has been bothering me a lot lately so I think I’m going to work towards training on a bike (although only at the gym until winter is over).Hooray I can’t wait to follow along!

  • Reply Ashley August 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Great job! I love the pics of you coming out! You rocked it especially with that bike. Blek, your poor insides! Take your vitamins! 🙂

  • Reply Melissa Cari @ Miles for Markets August 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Congrats Leslie!!!! Such great pictures! Still on for 16 (well, 8 for me) miles on Friday??

  • Reply ~Mrs. Guru~ August 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Great job! Congrats!

  • Reply PhillyGirlRuns August 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    ahh congrats to you both! Especially on braving the Schuylhill 🙂

  • Reply Lawgirl August 3, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Congrats! You are so encouraging! I'm training for my first 1/2 marathon and while it's very very hard as I'm a newbie runner, your blog always motivates me to keep trying and improving!

  • Reply Jen August 3, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Yay, now you're a triathlete! I did my first sprint tri a month ago and the swim was hands down the hardest part. Then yesterday in my first Olympic tri, I thought the bike was harder. The run is my favorite part- and I'm so glad tris save my favorite event for last 🙂

  • Reply Meghann August 3, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Congrats Leslie!!! Triathlons are tough, but once you do one you can do another. Feeling up for the olympic distance yet? 😉

  • Reply Lauren August 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Congrats! That is so awesome you both did it.

  • Reply Emily Malloy (Ziegler) August 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    You go girl! I was on the other side of Kelly Drive in the hurt locker! It's like we were together.. even though we weren't!

    Proud of you!

  • Reply Jessica August 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Goooooooo Leslie!

  • Reply Amanda - RunToTheFinish August 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    wow that was awesome to read! i've been doing tri training, but i'm scared to commit…mostly the biking freaks me out and just not knowing what's going on

  • Reply ladypurpl August 4, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Loved your post description – so true and accurate because I was there! You and Kate did awesome – I was so proud of the two of you. I was truly nervous for the swim, thank goodness you overcame that obstacle – Take your vitamins! So glad to have been there!

  • Reply amanda August 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    i am severely tired just from reading through this post. you're awesome!

  • Reply Holly August 4, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Congrats on your first sprint tri! You are a brave, brave woman for swimming in the Schuylkill. Awesome job.

  • Reply Trying To Heal August 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Congrats on the tri! you did such a great job!

    and i'm catching up on posts, loved the post about ice baths! i've only taken a few and love the warmed town idea! too bad i don'th ave my own dryer…

  • Reply d.a.r. August 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Congrats!!! My husband has convinced me to sign up for one next spring/summer! I am already nervous, ha!

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