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 Team Sparkle 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!!”