LOCATION: Buckroe Beach, Hampton, Virginia
I debated whether or not to count this since this triathlon was a very miniature one on the scale of triathlons. However, after looking up the rules of triathlons, it is a recognized event! Triathlons are considered a multiple stage event involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciples. This is usually a swim, bike and run. The main ones are the sprint triathlon, which is a 750 meter swim, a 12 mile bike ride, and a 5 mile run. There’s the long distance triathlon, which is 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run. Then there is the most famous one, which is the Ironman competition. That is a whooping 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. HECK NO to that!! The Life’s a Beach triathlon was a baby on the scale of events with just a 200 meter swim, a 5 mile bike ride and a 2 mile run on the beach through various obstacles.
The day started at 6:30am with the set up of my gear in the transition area. I had to prop my bike up and stage all my stuff that I needed for the bike ride and the run that I would need after completing the swim portion.
I decided to wear a rash guard for the swim since the water was still cool for the 8am race. The swim was a somewhat out and back that curved around the pier. I met my friend Erica for the race and we were stoked to go.
As we started, I felt confident in my swim ability. However, I was kicked pretty hard in the face by a guy in front of me. People seem like they are super spastic once they get in the water and have no care of other people’s space. I’ve noticed this a lot on snorkel adventures. After being kicked, I felt pretty disoriented, but was able to complete the swim anyways.
After the swim, I quickly got to my bike, switched shirts, and put on my shoes and got going. The bike ride was around the various neighborhoods in Buckroe Beach.
The race required that you use beach cruisers, and you can only go so fast on those things. The bike ride provided a good transition from the swim to the run.
After returning to the transition area one more time to prepare for my run. I decided not to wear the full costume I brought. Originally, I wanted to wear an apron that looked like I had a hula outfit on. But, after being tired from the swim and bike ride, I decided I didn’t want anything impending my run. I put on my Hawaiian lays and got going. The run was two loops around the beach and on the sand. I’ve never run in the sand before and it is HARD! That’s definitely a good workout.
The first obstacle we had to do was jump over a small wall. The second, was to crawl under netting. My hair and hat kept getting caught on the net so I found myself fumbling to get out as fast as possible. Our last obstacle at the finish line was to jump over lounge chairs and then limbo under a stick to complete the race.
My finishing time was 59 minutes. I’m pretty proud of that!
Overall the race was pretty fun. I have a new respect for anyone that does the longer distance triathlons. You’d have to be in super great shape to compete in anything like that. I’ll stick to my baby tri’s for sure!
Of course I had to finish my race with my new post race tradition. MARGARITA! Best post race idea ever!
*Thank you Erica and Seth for accompanying me on this adventure.
Would I do this again? This one? Yes. A real triathlon? Most likely no. HAHA
How to do this: Train!! And look up races. www.lifesabeachtriathlon.com $67