I Survived a Yoga Triathlon (Even Though it Rained, Ugh.)

Firstly, I don’t suggest ever going to a triathlon of any sort when the forecast says rain. It’s just not a fun time.

Luckily for everybody who attended the Wanderlust 108 Mindful Triathlon in Kansas City this weekend, the rain only lasted for about an hour. Which turned out to be a good thing because it stopped right before the 5K began and I think everyone was tired of ponchos and standing underneath trees.

If you don’t know anything about Wanderlust, the organization puts on health and fitness events across the country, with 108 being a mindful triathlon. Instead of running, biking and swimming, a mindful triathlon consists of a 5K, yoga flow, and meditation. The awesome thing about the event is that for every ticket sold, $1.08 was donated to (RED), a non-profit that works to combat AIDS. Win, win!

I didn’t really know what to expect, but I suppose I was expecting a cross of super fit health junkies and hippies. Funnily enough, there was plenty of both, but most people were just normal folks like me wanting to try something new.

As I talked about in a previous post, I was really worried that I hadn’t trained hard enough for the 5K. I can now say that my training actually paid off, as I managed to complete the race in just 30:45, with only one stop to walk. That’s a big deal for me. I also managed to make it through a 75-minute yoga flow and then 30 minutes of meditation.

 

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Clockwise from right: Me, smiling in the rain despite hating everything; Right after crossing the finish line and seeing I made 30:45!!; A shot before the race, when I was trying to hype myself up; during meditation, facing the river

 

I was really impressed with the vibe during the event. I went in expecting a competitive spirit, but it became apparent that everybody was there for themselves. Which was a great feeling because during the 5K, I didn’t feel like I was competing with other people; I felt like I was competing against myself. All I wanted was to try to run the whole thing and beat my usual time, which I did.

And the swag at this event was unreal, too! Here’s the short list of everything I took home from the event: yoga mat, yoga towel, S’well water bottle, head scarf, Wanderlust t-shirt, flow water, hair ties, Wanderlust tote bag, and Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Most of the swag I got for free through visiting vendor kiosks and taking surveys. The other half came from the premium bundle I got with my ticket purchase. (I bought early because I’m anal that way.)

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Overall, I’m glad I went, even though the drive to and from KC was super tiring and I was soaked the first hour of the event. Really, I’m just proud of myself for training toward a goal and then sticking to it when the time came. I think it’s so important to make goals and work toward them, because that feeling of reaching your goal, even if it’s small, is truly a fantastic feeling.

Anyway, I would totally recommend Wanderlust 108 to anybody wanting to try something different.

That said, I would also recommend not going in the rain!

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