Never in my life have I wanted to do a triathlon. I’ve never seen one, never even been remotely interested in doing one.
I arrived at Xel-Ha at the crack of dawn for the Xel-Ha Triathlon. Despite the early hour, everyone arriving seemed nervous and excited. As I waited for the event to start, the beauty of Xel-Ha’s bay at sunrise just blew me away.
The biggest triathlon event had taken place the day before, but there was still a good crowd for the shorter Sprint on Sunday. The Sprint consists of the following:
- 750 meter swim
- 20 km bike ride
- 5 km run
For someone who can only run 2 km straight, this all sounds very impressive!
The swimmers line up on Xel-Ha's floating bridge
The cycling portion went through some of the jungle areas and roads around the park. I didn’t catch much of the trail, but it was fun watching the racers transition from the swim to the bike portion!
By the beginning of the run, the racers looked hot and exhausted, but each and every one was still maintaining an impressive speed. I don’t know how they do it. They were given packs of water, which they used to drench themselves and cool off.
Even after seeing these incredible athletes compete, I have to admit that I was most blown away by the beginner ladies group. This year, Xel-Ha inaugurated its first ever category for ladies competing in their first ever triathlon. Participants were trained in a 6-week online program, and 50 brave women showed up for the following triathlon:
- 400 km swim
- 10 km bike
- 2.5 km run
These distances sound very doable for me, and I thought it was a great way to learn all about the transitions and mechanics of a triathlon without all the pressure of racing with experts. I didn’t get to see their bike and run portions, but the beginner ladies swim was beautiful.
Gracias to Xel-Ha park in the Riviera Maya for hosting this incredible event in such a breathtaking setting! You probably won’t see me participating anytime soon (I have an unrational fear of bikes), but it did inspire me to do more 5k races.
Have you ever completed a triathlon? Do you want to?