Couples Goals – Our First Triathlon!

Guys! I did my first official triathlon just last weekend! Okay, well, I didn’t do it completely by myself. My husband John was kind enough to be my teammate and we did it together! #couplesgoals


The 34th Annual Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon and Duathlon occurred at Shawnee Mission Park in Lenexa, Kansas and took athletes throughout the most visited park in the state that serves as a 1,250-acre urban refuge. Additionally, the course joined the Mill Creek Streamway Trail offering asphalt pathways snaking along the stream and through hillside forests.

With a Short Triathlon Course, a Long Triathlon Course, and a Duathlon Course, there was something for every athlete ranging in experience from the first-timer to the seasoned veteran.


This Triathlon was more than just a competition. It is also a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the greater Kansas City area. How cool is that? 🙂

As I mentioned earlier, this was my first one, and I absolutely loved it! John and I chose the Short Triathlon Course. It consisted of a 500-meter open water swim, a 9-mile hilly bike ride and a 3.1-mile run. I did the swimming and running, and John did the biking part of the course.





Because it was our first time, I didn’t push myself much, (maybe that’s why we didn’t place 😉 ) because I wanted to enjoy this race and come back next year with this experience and wonderful memory. …And we are definitely coming back. We both were very pleased with everyone at the race. Whether it was people helping me get into and out of the water, volunteers or staff – it was perfect!


Thank you to everyone at the Shawnee Mission Triathlon for a memorable experience! We look forward to starting our training, improving our results, and possibly placing next year!


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