Frisco Triathlon Race Report
When I first moved up here, the new Frisco Triathlon seemed like the most fun race I could imagine. Combining stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, and trail running, this is a unique event in a gorgeous setting. At distances of 3k, 5k, and 10k, the race is closest to a sprint triathlon, but it is hard to compare. Most others have open water swimming, road biking, and running on a flat or paved course. This was for sure more my style.
Having all the requisite gear, my wife and I signed up, knowing full well that this was only 6 days after our 50-mile trail run. Thankfully, two out of the three events were different enough that we knew we would be ok. Sore, but ok. Dropping our paddleboards in at the starting line, we felt great. Our boards, meant for stability, couldn’t keep up with the more agile hard body boards. The same went for our bikes; we have full suspension, newer mountain bikes, but no matter how hard we went, we could never keep up with the $5,000 tuned bikes. With those being two thirds of the race, we got out there to do our best and have a good time.
The water level in the lake was low, but still easily navigated. Our core strength was fine, thanks to all of the running training. My proudest thought was that we passed easily five times more people on paddleboards than who passed us. Once out of the water, we transitioned to our mountain biking gear and hit the hills. This was the biggest surprise. The race took place on the Frisco peninsula, which looks flat enough when driving along it on Highway 9. The course, however, had very surprising climbs and descents. I was ill-prepared for it, but kept on churning. My legs felt good and my feet had no issues. I felt trained enough that I knew I could finish.
Finally, we got back to the transition area and dropped our bikes to finish the race running. Firmly believing in the zero drop shoes, my calves have felt better than ever. My Achilles tendon is never a problem anymore. Because they are slightly stretched from my shoes, I don’t bear too much pressure under my forefoot. I end up not having the same foot issues that I used to in traditional running shoes. Even under a week after an ultra, I finished the 5k trail run in a reasonable time.
I know next year I will do this race again. I’m also sure that I could shave off at least 25% of my time by being more fresh. Without a race the week before, my legs would have held up much better on the run. My pain-free knee would let me cruise through the hills biking and running, but thankfully my feet have not been a problem with good shoe gear and gradual increase in activity.
For now, I couldn’t be happier to live in a community that can have a race like this. Hope to see you out there!