Race Recap: Xterra Renegade Off-Road Triathlon 2012

by This is Carrie on May 7, 2012

Putting aside the terrible pre-race music (Lisa Loeb and Faith Hill songs do not pump you up), Renegade Racing puts on an awesome off-road triathlon.  It’s a race I look forward to every year (2010 recap, 2011 recap).

I like to swim, but I do not like to swim with people kicking and clawing me which is why I’m always relieved when the swim is over.

1/2 Mile swim — 16:14

Leading up to the race, my poor mountain bike was sorely neglected.  Even so, i was able to cut 12 minutes off my time while dazzling people with my gunmetal Sparkle Athletic running skirt and my awesome mountain bike skills (but mostly the skirt).

15 mile bike — 1:39:28

With a decent amount of trail running under my belt, I was far more prepared for the run than I’d ever been.  Even so, there were a few hills that tried to kill my spirit and made me question why I was even trying.  I hate that point in every race when the negative voices start to take over my thoughts.  Just in the nick of time, the uphills turned to downhills, my trusty New Balance Minimus trail shoes fiercely gripped the terrain and I was mentally back in the game for the final mile of the race.

3 mile trail run — 34:14 (cutting 8 minutes off last year’s time)

It was Elise’s first triathlon back after having the cutest baby 3 months earlier.  As much as I tried to keep up with her, I just couldn’t. She finished 2 minutes ahead of me, taking 2nd place in our division.  The girl is awesome.


Final time: 2:33:54 – A 20 minute improvement on last year’s time!

3rd in my division.


I can’t finish this race recap without mentioning the lizard.

Todd helped Brother catch a lizard who was moving terribly slow because of the cool morning air.  He was so excited about that lizard, he had to show it to everyone they passed by.

Todd told Brother he could keep it until I finished the race .  The kids couldn’t wait to show it to me.  As I passed them, only 100 feet from the finish, I didn’t hear “Go, Mommy, Go!”  I heard, “Look mom! We caught a lizard!!”


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Twitter: hmgiraffy
May 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

I LOVE THAT PICTURE of you with your pint glass.

Renegade Racing has the best events.


Carly May 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

That race sounds awesome! Congrats on your finish!


Jocelyn May 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

Congratulations!!! That is amazing!!


Lauren May 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

That race makes me want to do some trail running (and possibly an off road triathlon). Love the picture with the glass! Great finish! Congrats


sara May 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

That last picture is freakin awesome. I love your kids :)


Twitter: barif0815
May 8, 2012 at 7:04 am

So, I just posted on my blog this am about my plan for my first tri – it will NOT be on trails – even though I’m not even cleared to run yet :) I love all the pictures here and congrats on the huge improvement in your times for this race!

KTTape question – I’m planning to do a 5k mud run in 12 days on my stress reaction (doc said ok if I walk and skip any jumping down obstacles). Is your shin taping how I could tape my shins? (stress reaction is in left tibia and pain is inside and just above ankle).


this is carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

My taping is for shin splints I had at the time. If you go to the KTTape website, they have all sorts of applications. This one has you taping horizontally above and below the point of pain and then the vertical tape right on top of the point of pain. I think it would definitely help.


Michelle May 9, 2012 at 8:01 am

this is so awesome! i love when you post about races.. even though I’m a total crafter.. I think I know where my true heart lies. 😉
and your friend… holy cow!! she is just pure inspiration for me after this bebe!


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