Taylor did his first triathlon this last weekend and I AM SO PROUD.
Side note - If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you've probably already seen some of these pictures of the triathlon, but I wanted to share a little bit about it on here too, because I think it's something worth documenting. Plus, this blog is sort of like a memory book for our life, and this most definitely deserves to be remembered.
So here goes.
TAYLOR IS AN OFFICIAL TRIATHLETE.
(Also. I married a total stud)
He'd totally be embarrassed by me saying this, but I think he looks so cute!
Taylor first signed up for this triathlon several months ago - honestly, it may have even been a year or more ago, but that really doesn't matter - all I know is that he has been looking forward to this day for MONTHS.
The day before the triathlon he said to me "Em, I think that triathlon's could be my thing." And I have to say that I agree. Taylor is a natural runner. He's also really good at cycling, despite not having done it for that long. The swimming aspect of a triathlon is where he struggles - he's not a strong swimmer, simply because he never really had to be.
He trained the best he could in the months leading up to the triathlon - he got sick smack dab in the middle of training, which set him back quite a bit. He also only had access to an outdoor swimming pool, which made the swimming training especially hard since the pool has only recently become a bearable temperature to swim in.
So with pretty minimal training, this kid tackled his very triathlon like a champ.
The wet suite look works for him, don't ya think?!
First up was the swim. Having the swim first was both daunting and comforting to Taylor - he was ready to get it out of the way, but he also knew that it was going to be the toughest of the three activities. Oh, I also forgot to mention early on that this was the Rookie Triathlon, meaning that it is smaller distances and purposely designed for beginners. Anyways - the swim was 300 meters long (imagine 2 football fields).
Go babe, go!
The swim was hard for him, harder than I think he expected it to be. Thankfully though they had canoes along the way that he could hold onto briefly and take a quick breather. In total, the swim took about 14 minutes - a bit longer than he wanted, but he finished and that's what mattered!
Next up was the bike.
When looking at this picture later, Taylor said "I felt like I was going to puke right there." That swim was no joke, y'all. Good news though was that the hardest part was done - bike & run he could handle just fine. The bike ride was 11 miles and he finished it in 47 minutes.
2 down, 1 to go!
Last up - a 2 mile run. Taylor's a good runner, so I expected the run to be pretty easy for him.
By this point he was just worn out, but he still managed to finish the run in 20 minutes - I told ya, he's a natural!
And then he was DONE! And his first words to me were, "I'm never doing a triathlon again." haha
He'll totally do it again, I promise.
A very happy, very sweaty and very tired boy right here.
After he got some food and rested for a few minutes, I snagged a photo of him and his buddy, Garrett, who also did the tri.
Lookin good with their medals!
And that was it. Taylor's an official triathlete! How cool is that?
Good job, TB! Despite what you said after you finished, I think this is totally your thing.
Keep it up, bud.
I'm Emilee. 26. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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