Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tri for Fun

Last weekend, we went to Sactown, so that I could do a sprint triathlon with the fam. It was originally just going to be me and Sayer that went, but Nate ended up getting hired for a gig in San Fran, and they flew his whole band out, as well as paid them, so it worked out perfect. He and Asher came out on Saturday, and we made it a little family vacation.
Getting set up in the transition area. Ben is in the red tank on the left by the tree, and Whit is in the blue tank by the bike rack.
Looking hot in our swim caps, right before the swim. Look how small my head looks... abnormally small if you ask me. This picture is my motivation for getting back to my pre-baby body, because all I see here, is BLAH!!

I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked doing the triathlon. My favorite part was, surprisingly enough, the swimming. I totally got in my groove, and felt like I could have kept going for another 1/2 mile. The hardest part about the swim was that I kept veering of course, as it was a triangle, and like I said, I was in the swimming zone, and didn't like to have to look up to see where I needed to turn. But all was well, and I made it in without having to backtrack too much.

The bike was by far the worst part. I guess I am not a fan of a sport where things besides my muscles are hurting. More specifically, my wrists and my rear. My muscles felt fine, though, so that was good. I guess if I had biked a little more, that wouldn't be as big of an issue, as I am told you get used to it. Yeah, but how long do I have to wait for that to happen??
Lazin' about after the race, looking glamorous as ever.

The run was great. It was of course, a little hard, as we were tired and hot by that point, not to mention, we were running on gravel and dirt, which isn't the easiest. But we came in at about 2:04, which, considering that we took our sweet time in the transition area in between each leg, was something we were pretty proud of for our first tri. I definitely see many more triathlons in my future, despite my lack of enthusiasm for the bike, I will just have to put a little more effort towards that next time. It was also fun doing it with the fam. Whit, Hailey and I stuck together for the most part, and Hailey and I had a grand time watching all the 40+ ladies pass us on the bike, along with some very interestingly dressed males. One guy was seriously wearing his banana-hammock speedo on his bike. Awesome!
My dad, our friends Doug and Danny Hansen. Danny got first place in his age division, 20-24, and 10th place overall. Way to go!!
Lexi got 3rd place in her division
Hailey got 4th place in her division. Me and Whit, sadly, did not place in our division. Oh well! ;)

The rest of our trip was very nice. Filled with lots of relaxation, reading, visiting, and good food. What more could you want out of a vacation? Oh, and we also went to the zoo, which turned out to be a much sadder zoo than I remembered from my elementary years. It left MUCH to be desired!


whitney said...

yay for our first tri! that seriously was good times. next summer again?

Bethanne said...

That is awesome. I love that you do things like this. It is so good for you and such a great example to your kids. I have got to start making the time to do it (now that I don't have my membership to the gym anymore) and set a goal like participating in a race. I will, darn it.

buhlersdayoff said...

I am jealous. my cousin and I decided that we were going to do the Idaho Spudman next year but I am not sure anymore since a guy drowned this yr? WAY TO GO!!

DaNae said...

I totally want to get into tris soon. Marathons are kinda burning me out for a little while. It would be a nice break too. And you look fab, seriously.

Lindsay said...

Well, look at you all fit and running and stuff. I still can't seem to find the "run for fun" drive in me. But great job!

And yes...awesome to see world dance make it's way into SYTYCD! Don't think they'll ever do tap or Irish -- footwork is too hard to grasp in only a week if you've never learned it before (and they'd run into that a lot with the ballroom and breakdancers). But YEA FOR WORLD DANCE!

Kadi said...

So cool! I bet it was really fun...I would say that the swimming would be the worst for me...you look great by the way!

Kevin and Celeste Christiansen said...

That is awesome Morgan. A triathon - what an accomplishment.

Michal Thompson said...

Triathlons really are fun. I want to do more. But they are a little harder to train for than just putting on a pair of running shoes! Way to go.

Heidi said...

Cool I would love to do a sprint triathlon someday!

Lisa said...

Yay for you guys! I just did a super sprint triathlon at the same park. It was so fun. I can't wait to do another one. I'm not the best runner so this was a good fit for me. But seriously what are some of those dudes wearing, or not wearing on the bikes - come on!