Worlds best husband! My sunglasses in this picture crack me up! I had to have something to keep the rain out of my eyes and they were the only ones I had in the car.The St. George SHAC Triathlon is the first tri I ever completed and the PERFECT one for first tri-ers (haha get it??) because the swim is indoors. If you have ever wanted to try a tri, but you are afraid of the open water swim, then the SHAC is for you! The race is also a little bit shorter than a typical Sprint Triathlon which is nice if you have never done one before.
Backstory: I did my first triathlon when I was in high school for my Senior Project. My best friend and I trained every day from January until April and up until that point I had never really swam or biked long distances. It turns out that I am a huge lover of both biking and swimming (I tolerate running) and I have been hooked ever since. I really like the diversity it gives me in training because I have to mix things up to keep working out enjoyable. I also think it is really good for your body because you are not overworking any particular area.
Personally, I also like triathlons because I can be really critical of my body and training for a race helps me concentrate on something more than just “losing weight”. When I’m training for a race, I’m much more prone to eat right, stay hydrated, and treat my body as a friend. There is also something so empowering about completing a race because you can feel your hard work pay off.
Somehow I convinced our friends Rachel and Luke to do the triathlon with me which made race day super fun because I hate racing alone! If I am passionate about something, nothing makes me happier than sharing it with others.
I wanted Rachel and Luke to enjoy racing as much as I did and so I was crushed when we woke up on the morning of the race and it was POURING rain. Here I was talking about how beautiful and fun the race was going to be, only to find out that we were going to be cold and wet the whole time. I really wouldn’t have blamed them if they had decided not to do it, but luckily they were still up for racing and Matt was the most dedicated camera man and cheerleader 🙂
The race was a huge success because we made it through it without drowning, crashing, or tripping! I even thought that the rain made the running portion more enjoyable because it was rejuvenating.
Rachel, Luke and I finished within a few seconds of each other and we pretty much went straight from the finish line to the car! I thought our eagerness to get out of there was kind of funny because the after-race party is usually the best part but nothing was going to get in the way of us and our hot showers and dry clothes.
We celebrated the race with In N’ Out burgers for lunch, Anasazi Grill for dinner, and LOTS of soda! Honestly, I would do that race all over again just for the post race feasts 🙂