One of my goals post-baby was to get back into doing triathlons as soon as possible. The SHAC Tri in St. George was the first triathlon I ever did back when I was a senior in high school. I love it because it is really low key, the swim is in a pool (#1 reason why it’s so good for beginners) and the bike and run are so beautiful amongst the red rock.
This was my fourth time doing this exact race, the most recent time having been 2 years ago (Read about it HERE) and so I didn’t want to just complete it this time, I wanted to do better than I had done the 3 previous times. I wanted a PR.
So I trained and trained and trained until I was so burnt out and sick of training. Then I dragged Matt and Adelyn, along with our friends Dave and Mackay, to St George for the weekend. They day before my race I starting to get a sore throat and had a massive head ache which is never how you want to start. I even woke up feeling sick and it didn’t help that the night before I found out they had changed the bike course and added 2 and a half miles. How was I supposed to PR now?! 😩
I was so proud of myself because even with the added bike portion, I still beat my previous record and took 4th in my age division. Training pays off, guys! We also got lucky because the weather was just perfect and the forecasted storms and wind gusts held off until that night.
After the race I went straight to In-n-Out, took a shower and a nap and then we headed off again on a hike! I was a little worried the hike was going to destroy me but it was actually really easy and the payoff was amazing. For anyone interested, the hike was called the Red Reef Train and it’s about 25 minutes outside of St. George. It’s an easy 2.2 mile out and back hike for all skill levels. We loved playing around in the water nestled between the red rock canyons. At times in the hike we had to make a fire brigade of sorts and pass Addy up the line but she was happy and content the whole time. Oh how we love our little adventure baby!