Race Report: Mandel JCC Indoor Triathlon 2015

There’s a part of me thinking I have no business writing a race report for an event from February when it’s the beginning of August. Maybe the details aren’t as fresh in my mind, but I still recall the highlights and I’m ready to share them now. Plus, pictures…


I’ve done this race many years in a row now. As I’ve mentioned in the past, the only year I did not do it was the year of my heart surgery. This is one of the best events of the whole year and a WONDERFUL way to expose new racers to the world of triathlon.

Most indoor triathlons are broken down into timed segments. Only once have I done an indoor tri where you had to use the equipment to achieve a distance goal. This particular event breaks it down into the following parts.


  • 15 minutes of swimming
    • 10 minutes for transition
  • 20 minutes of cycling (spinning)
    • 5 minutes for transition
  • 20 minutes of running the indoor track

If water isn’t your thing they also have the biking & running only option, although I don’t know if they change the timed sections.

Here is a 30 second highlights clip from this year’s event.

The 2015 Indoor Biathlon & Indoor Triathlon was a huge success!  With 135 participants that raised over $36,000. Thank you to everyone who participated, donated and volunteered! Proceeds raised through the event support the Mandel JCC Scholarship Program. Please Ask Family & Friends to Support Your Participation with a Tax Deductible Donation.

Along with the timed sections, there are also “waves” of competitors. Once wave one has completed the swim and has moved on to cycling, wave two will take to the pool. This keeps things flowing and allows for more people to join in on the fun. Each section has a volunteer who will count your laps (pool or track) or cheers you on in the spinning room. YAY.  Waves are also separated into serious and fun participants, so you don’t have to worry about people being rude like the one year when a lady was incredibly less than kind to me on the track.

I don’t know the politically correct way of saying this, but there’s also a wave for kids with special needs. I think it’s awesome they open this opportunity up for them and they always seem like they’re having the BEST time.

How did I do in 2015?

Swimming I felt really strong during my turn and I thought maybe I finally broke my record. Everyone also laughs at me because I use the backstroke. Well, not so much because I use it, but because I don’t know the flip turn for it, so as I approach the wall I flip over in the water to do the flip turn as if I’m using the front stroke. Whatever it gets the job done. I couldn’t find any pics from this year’s event…

Cycling was a lot more fin this year than in the past. They had the lights off for most of the time and were playing music with a crazy light show. I tried to snap a pic when I was done and recovering.


Since I hadn’t been training my butt was more than a lil sore during this part of the tri. I seriously regretted not going to the gym more over the winter and not wearing padded shorts. Haha. Liz really cranked it out at this part and I was blown away, almost literally. Hehe.

Here are a few pics as we settled into the ride.

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Finally we took to the track for the run. Running is always my favorite part of an event. It’s where I feel the most natural. It can be the hardest part. It can be my slowest part. I can throw up or break a bone and I still feel the most at home when I’m running (even if it’s walking).

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2015? 21 swim laps, 7.55 bike miles & 17 run laps. Nothing I was proud about and nothing I was ashamed about either, I went in just hoping not to feel like a complete failure since I didn’t keep up with training over the winter. My wave with my with my friend Liz and it was awesome to see how great she performed and her improvements from the year before. I was so proud of the hard work she is always putting into her sport. Even if she refuses to take silly pictures.


I certainly plan to be back in 2016 and I’m thankful to have an event like this in my life and in my community.


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