A Tale of 3 Races : Kansas City Triathlon

I’ve been busy since my last check-in!

May 18th – Kansas City Triathlon

May 24th – Tower Trot Double (10k + 5k) in Western Springs, IL

May 31st – Dam to Dam Half Marathon in Des Moines, IA

First up, the KC Tri. This was my first real triathlon back in 2012 and this year it was the same course. Paul was out of town at a bachelor party, so this was also my first time flying solo at a triathlon. Luckily, I was surprised at how many people I ended up knowing through my old triathlon coach, Masters swim and work, so I still had a great time. The start was FREEZING. They even skipped body marking since they figured everyone would be in long sleeves the entire race. I arrived super extra early and managed to snag a parking spot right next to the port-o-potties and a short walk to transition.


Best parking spot ever!

I really wasn’t very nervous for the start. I had been seriously slacking on riding my bike (I had only taken my bike outside two times this year and both were the week before the race), so I knew I wasn’t going to be doing any placing. I was content to just do my best and take it easy.  I got my transition set up quickly and then put my wetsuit on for warmth.


Trying on my wetsuit for the first time since IMAZ. Phew. It still fits!

The water was about 63 degrees which is about what it was at Ironman Arizona, so while it was a bit cold to start, it was honestly about the perfect water temp. The best part about this race was that my age group was 2nd! Usually the women seem to be lumped at the end and then with a 30/45 minute disadvantage it feels like I’m coming in last place.

The swim went well. I haven’t been to Masters Swim in a while, but I felt steady and never completely drained.  My time was 39:18, so definitely worse than in years past, but with far far less training as well.


My bike all ready to go!

The bike is usually my weakest. I get nervous around other bikers and since this race targets beginners, I was worried that there would be a lot of slow people in the way and not following proper etiquette. Turns out I had nothing to worry about! I took a while to warm up and get in my groove, but I ended up posting a 1:36 and a speed of 15.5 which is great for me, especially considering the hills.

The run was a blast. I knew I had to lay it all out here in order to make up some time in my age group. The course is 2 3.1 mile laps and I ran it in 59:25. I should also mention that by this point the weather had done a complete 180. It was hot, sunny and I got myself a fantastic sunburn whereas that morning I was wearing a wetsuit and it was in the 40s.

It ended up being a great race and I’m definitely happy that I didn’t just skip it like I was tempted to do. They also had great swag!


Tech tee, cotton tee, towel, drawstring backpack, pint glass, chapstick, sunscreen, headphones, rolled up picnic blanket and a water bottle. Score!

I can’t say I would recommend travelling too far for this race, but if you are in the KC area, this is definitely a race worth checking out. One of KC’s best triathlons!


Really liked this medal!

The next night, Paul and I headed out to Kauffman Stadium to catch a Royal’s game for date night! Our first time there in a couple years!



Such a gorgeous stadium!

I’ll be back soon with a recap of the next two races!

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