Ok, I know what you are thinking…what is a Dri-Tri? That’s exactly what I thought when my coach brought it up in our Orangetheory class last month. But ever since I heard about it, I wanted to do it. I wanted to challenge myself and test my strength. First, let me explain what Orangetheory Fitness is, because I know I had never heard of it until last October when I joined. Guys, I really feel like it has changed my life. After I had my second baby, Easton, eight months ago, I was struggling to find a way to get back into shape (besides the obvious chasing around my two-year old while constantly breast-feeding method). Then a few of my friends tuned me into Orangetheory Fitness and after my first class, I was hooked. And now I’m that crazy girl who goes to the 4:15 AM class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hey, it’s the only class that fits into my life right now! It is an hour-long, full body workout, where you rotate between a treadmill, rowing machine and weight training. You wear a heart rate monitor and watch your numbers on the screen climb from the gray zone, to the blue zone, green zone, orange zone (hence the name) and finally the red zone, which would be your maximum heart rate. I love it so much and it just works for me. And I lost twenty pounds since I had Easton!
Okay, so now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…the Dri-Tri. It is a water free triathlon consisting of a 2000 meter row, 300 bodyweight reps and a 5k run on a treadmill that Orangetheory puts on twice a year. You sign up, pay $25 and pray you can make it through it. I had been so nervous since I put my name on that list and still truly didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I heard there was going to be a DJ and many coaches and volunteers cheering you on but that was about it. And even until the moment I walked into the gym to start the Dri-Tri last Saturday, I was still like, ‘WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?’
I had no idea how to prepare for this. I had been going to my class twice a week, so I should be good, right? I mean, when I ‘trained’ (and I use that term loosely) for the half marathon I ran in 2010, I literally ran about 5 miles max on the treadmill and figured I would just figure it out once the race started! I think I finished that half marathon in like 2 hours and 45 minutes, but at least I finished and got that shiny medal! I read a few pointers to prep for the Dri-Tri, like pace yourself on the rower, think mind over matter on the treadmill and breathe while doing the floor exercises. Check, check and check. Ready or not, here I come!
On the day of the event, I got there 10 minutes before my start time (there were three different intervals) and it was already a party in there! The music was blasting, the coaches were encouraging and there were free smoothies when you finished! But then, the people started coming out of the gym after they had finished, making comments like, ‘that was AWFUL!’ and ‘HOLY HELL, that was hard!’ Great! That’s the last thing I wanted to hear! Couldn’t these people come out and say something like, ‘you are so lucky you are just going in there! It was so great that I wish I could do it again!’ Yeah right! But I powered through the nerves and began on the treadmill. I wasn’t quite sure how to pace myself but when I saw the girl next to me starting out on a 9 speed, I was like, ‘who does she think…’ and I cranked my speed up to 7.5. I stayed there for pretty much the entire 3.1 miles, with an exception of cranking it up to a 9 to finish out the last 0.1 mile. That girl still beat me though, and now my legs felt like Jello. Great, now on to the rower. I don’t know how I did it because I felt like I was going to die, but I finished my 2000 meter row in under 8 minutes. After a short breather, I was onto the weight training aka the END! I just had to power through it and get these damn burpees done! You had to complete 20 push ups, then 30 burpees, 40 step ups…and then I think I blacked out….mentally. Then before I knew it, I was done! And let me tell you, it felt so amazing! Yes, I felt like I just got hit by a truck but I freaking did it! I was so proud of myself and what I had accomplished over the past several months. Oh yeah, and then this happened: