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Overheard in spin class:


When my instructor said that, I busted out laughing mid-pedal.  That pretty much sums up my training lately.  It’s awesome, but man, it’s a piece of work.  Worth it, though!


After much Internet-sleuthing, calendar-checking, and budget-crunching, here are the triathlons that I hope to complete this spring and summer. 


April 28 – Huntersville Sprint Triathlon

500 yard pool swim, 12.5 mile bike, 5K run


May 5 – South Charlotte Ramblin Rose Triathlon

250 yard pool swim, 8 mile bike, 2 mile run


June 8 – Tri Latta Triathlon

750 meter lake swim, 17 mile bike, 5K run


August 3 – Stumpy Creek International Triathlon

1500 meter lake swim, 27 mile run, 10K run


August 24 – Lake Norman YMCA Triathlon

750 meter lake swim, 17 mile bike, 5K run


I’m excited for these events because I’m opening up with two ‘easier’ pool triathlons… this will ease me into tri season.  I’m really pumped for the June race (Tri Latta), as I’ve done it before and really enjoyed it.  The August race is one that I’ve done before, too, and this will be my ‘big’ race of the season (my only Olympic distance – I wish I could do another one but it just doesn’t work out).  And last, but not least, we’ll be ending with the Lake Norman YMCA tri, which I did last year when I was only 11 weeks post-partum.  I hope I can beat my time. Winking smile


The other completely random race that I was considering is the Duke Energy Race to the Top climb – you climb 50 stories to the top of one of the largest buildings in Charlotte.  Neat, huh?  Unfortunately, I have a work conflict.  I also have my eye on a Half Ironman – Charlotte’s first – although I seriously doubt I will do that.  Only if something miraculous happens, like Henry learns to change his own diapers and cook his own meals.


How do you select your races?  For me, it’s a matter of several factors:


  • Date:  This is the biggest one.  There are loads of potential conflicts with vacations, seminars, workshops. 
  • Henry:  Just because I have the weekend free doesn’t mean that Kristien does. He’s got to be available – and willing! – to be on Henry duty for those days.  He’s always willing though. Smile
  • Cost: There are some events that are just too expensive for me.  I’m most likely to sign up for a triathlon if it’s less than $80.  Tris are expensive!
  • Location:  I was more willing to travel for races in the pre-baby days. Now… not so much. I don’t want to be away for an extra night, nor can we really afford it.  Racing is an expensive hobby; I don’t need to jack up the cost by doing events that I need a hotel for.  Local events it is!
  • Race Type:  Oh, and last, but not least, I used to shy away from pool tris (Pool or Lake Swim?) but after doing one, I really enjoy the concept and am looking forward to doing two more!


Whatcha got on the calendar?



  • JessicaR March 20, 2013, 8:47 am

    I had a spinning instructor once who said, “Every time you push the pedals down, imagine that you are stomping on the face of someone you don’t like.” Hah!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 20, 2013, 9:05 am

    So exciting! I love working out my races. I’m running a race a month in 2013 (that’s my goal!) and I’m slowly filling up my calendar with different types and distances, it’s been fun. This weekend will be the first 10k race of the year and then my first 1/2 marathon (EVER!) in 2 weeks!! EEP!

  • Ashley March 20, 2013, 9:06 am

    I am hoping to sign up for a 10k in the beginning of June–my first race ever!

    • Erin March 20, 2013, 3:03 pm

      Good luck and congrats!

  • Paige @ Your Trainer Paige March 20, 2013, 9:07 am

    Bahaha – sounds like a fun spin instructor!! Nothing on the calendar for me – no races yet this year. Lots of walks while I’m adjusting to this Colorado altitude, though 🙂

  • Allison March 20, 2013, 9:15 am

    That is such a great quote.

  • Jessica R @ From the Kitchen to the Road March 20, 2013, 9:20 am

    I have a half marathon April 7 and a full marathon May 19. After the marathon I’m going to decide what other races I want to do. Money is my #1 concern when I decide on what race to run. Location is also big to me. Because I am cheap and races are already so expensive I don’t want to have to pay for a hotel room as well.

  • Abbie March 20, 2013, 10:07 am

    I love the quote! With all your training, do you use compression socks? If so, what kind? 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 20, 2013, 10:14 am

    So far I’ve just got a trail 10K (for fun) and a 5K that I hope to PR in! I’m taking it slow this year with racing, and signing up for things later than I normally would since I’ve been injured off and on. I’d LOVE to do a half in the fall though – hoping to PR that too!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action March 20, 2013, 10:14 am

    haha Awesome quote!

    That is quite the list of triathalons. You’ll definitely be busy this summer. Good for you 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how they all go.

  • Ja @Athlete Within Ja March 20, 2013, 10:31 am

    Haha… That’s funny! I like how instructors motivate us by saying funny things. My kickboxing instructor once said, punch like you’re punching the face of that guy that bullied you in highschool. Haha.

  • Emily March 20, 2013, 10:52 am

    I only have two races on the calendar this year….super easy stuff and they are both local Pittsburgh races. I enjoy them, but I agree, I’m not really into traveling due to the added costs. Races are expensive enough!

  • Ashley March 20, 2013, 11:05 am

    Already registered for:
    10K March 24th
    15K April 7th
    Half Marathon May 4
    Duathlon May 19

    My “wish list”
    (Super) sprint Tri July 27
    Half Marathon August 25th
    Half Marathon September 8th
    Marathon October 20th

    My bank account + presently injured foot are holding me back from committing to my summer/fall races but hopefully I can add at least two of them!

  • sara @ fitcupcaker March 20, 2013, 11:09 am

    I dont have any races on the calendar yet, but your biking., running, swimming is inspring me! I cant wait to get my bike out! Today is the first day of spring too! Where are you warm weather?

  • DadHTP March 20, 2013, 11:14 am

    What about our swim event?

  • Brandi H March 20, 2013, 11:14 am

    So glad to read all of the triathlon talk. My littlest one is 7 months, and I’m just getting back into training. I’m hoping to do some of the same tris you are this year! Latta is always my favorite. I also love the Ramblim Rose because of how happy everyone is! The tough part?…actually committing and signing up for everything. 🙂

    • Caitlin March 20, 2013, 11:21 am

      I love that about RR too 🙂

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker March 20, 2013, 11:20 am

    Wow. That’s a lot of races! I don’t do many because I’d rather train for big goals at a few token races per year . . . but today I got the itch to sign up for a fall marathon. Eek!

  • Bobbie March 20, 2013, 11:48 am

    So far my race season only consists of two races. One 4 miler in April in philly—this is a party run and I’m looking forward to the party after and the free beer more than anything 😉 …and The Broad Street run in Philly. which is a 10 miler that I do every year.
    I have been wanting to do a Tri for quite some time but I don’t even own a bike yet so I can’t see it happening again this year 🙁
    Every time I consider the bike purchase there is something that I could better spend the money on…like the kids 😉

  • Laila March 20, 2013, 12:16 pm

    I would like to pin that image to my board but I don’t see a pin button!?

  • Sara March 20, 2013, 12:17 pm

    Wow that’s a lot of races! I am a new bee so my focus this summer are 5Ks. I know its not a lot but I am just starting to teach myself how to make my body happier through fitness & I have never ran a race ever. The big one I want to do this year is the color run! have you ever done any of those before?

    btw- I am writing this comment on my lunch break eating left over veggie tocos! One of my co workers were so jealous of my lunch! 😉

  • Carolina John March 20, 2013, 12:34 pm

    The Charlotte Half looks great, but I really hope you will consider Beach 2 Battleship half. It’s October 26 so you have plenty of time, and I’ll be there doing the full. B2B was my first half in 2009, and it’s a much better course for your first half than the Charlotte hills will be. and Wilmington isn’t that far away.

    Still, lots of good, local tri’s! That’s my plan too. Say the word if you want to come to Raleigh and race.

  • Logan @ Mountains and Miles March 20, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Cost and location are huge for me. I’ve found that a lot of the smaller races (and especially trail races) tend to be much cheaper and often more enjoyable than larger races!

    I’m hoping to do my first triathlon this summer!! If I can only lull myself back into the pool, that is…it’s been a while!

  • Clizia March 20, 2013, 1:32 pm

    I have signed up for my first 10K, it’s on 5th May – quite scared about it as I have only managed to run 4K so far. And I am doing a 50-mile cycle event on 27th April.

  • Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian March 20, 2013, 1:33 pm

    I just updated my race calendar with a mix of distances and challenges. I’m excited for 2013 race season!

  • sarah March 20, 2013, 5:04 pm

    I have a 10 mile run this Sunday and a half marathon on May 24th – it’s my first time running 10 miles and will obv be my first half too 🙂 Doing both with my friends though so they will help get me through it

  • laine March 20, 2013, 6:27 pm

    Just did a St Patty’s 5K, then upcoming are
    charity 5K in April,
    Ruckus obstacle course race in June
    maybe a tri in August.
    Fall Ruckus also.

    My main criteria are location and price and fun factor.

  • BroccoliHut March 20, 2013, 8:18 pm

    Love this! You’ve inspired me to do some race-sleuthing myself!

  • luv what you do March 20, 2013, 10:31 pm

    That is one impressive list of tri’s. It is my goal to get in the pool this week, so that I can participate in a spring tri! I can’t wait for tri season!

  • Ruby Leigh March 21, 2013, 12:48 am

    I select my races in a similar fashion to you. Being a single childless gal it’s a little easier, but I do understand budget constraints. Here’s my 2013 plan

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} March 21, 2013, 12:54 pm

    I’ve got a list of races I’d like to do. Some trail races, some road races, a bike race and a few triathlons. I am currently recovering from both foot and knee injuries so how many races I actually get to do will depend on how quickly I can resume full training mode.

  • Jessica March 21, 2013, 1:42 pm

    I signed up for my first tri (the Ramblin Rose in Raleigh)! I’ve also got a 4-mile race this weekend, and I’m hoping to find a half (would be my first!) that fits my schedule.

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