Summer Triathlon

Last summer I did a triathlon with my two taller brothers, and this summer I did one with my brother who is still smaller than me.

Steven did the youth distance triathlon: 250 meter swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run. Mom, Steven and I arrived at the U of A pool a little after 4:30am. I helped Steven set up his transition station with his bike, helmet, towel, and shoes and we talked through how he would do his transitions.

IMG_0296xIMG_0300xSteven was the first boy swimmer to start

IMG_0304x IMG_0310x IMG_0313xFinished his swim and now he is running to his bike

IMG_0316xTransition to bike

IMG_0322xI volunteered as a bike chaperon for the youth so I was able to ride next to Steven the full 4 miles. I did this last summer as well (riding next to the little boy I babysit) and I have found it to be a very good warm up before my own race begins.

IMG_0325xSteven finished his bike in about 21 minutes, and now he is beginning his run

IMG_0327xSprinting to the finish line

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He crossed the Finish Line with an overall time of 40:41.

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Good job, Steven!

IMG_0335xMy Dad, Lydia, Emily, Molly and Hope arrived just in time to watch Steven cross the finish line, which was about 25 minutes before my start time.

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I finished the 750m swim in 15:05, beating my record by 19 seconds

IMG_0354xMom’s helping me go the right direction

photo 5xTransition to bike.

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I finished the bike in 41:35, about a minute faster than when I did the bike portion of the relay last March!

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Finish line sprint

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I finished the run in 27:11, over 2 1/2 minutes faster than my record 5k run at the end of a triathlon. My overall time was 1 hour 23 minutes 52 seconds, a full 4 minutes faster than my previous record time.

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Out of 17 girls, I won 3rd place in my age division, female 25-29, winning a Firecracker Triathlon 2014 cup

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Yes, triathlons are fun, but jump rope is 10 times more fun. Nationals, here I come!!

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7 Responses to Summer Triathlon

  1. Benj Green says:

    Good job Abbey, by the way my latest 5k time 20:14.

    • Abbey says:

      I knew you would take my 21:57 as a challenge. Good job! At least I don’t have to worry about making you wear the orange shirt.

  2. Susie Rasmussen says:

    Awesome Swim, Bike and Run Abbey and Steven!!! Very fun morning with you, I absolutely LOVE watching you!

  3. Carol Newhouse says:

    Congratulations to both of you! Job well done! Your mom looked like one of the young contestants! I love keeping track of your activities…

  4. Donna Fulton says:

    We are so proud of you, Abbey! Congratulations on improving your time! You are an inspiration!

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