All of the fun events that Orangetheory Fitness offers throughout the year is one of the many reasons I love these studios so much. I participated in my very first Dri-Tri at Orangetheory Fitness over the weekend and it was an absolute blast! I signed up for it about a month ago and had been eagerly waiting for it to get here.
If you are unfamiliar with a Dri-Tri, it’s basically an indoor triathlon so there is no swimming involved. It is both a competitive and measurable event that members of all fitness levels can participate in. It’s a great way for someone to assess their fitness ability and track progress.
The Orangetheory Fitness Dri-Tri is consisted of the following events:
- 2,000 meter row
- 300 repetitions on the strength floor
- 5K (3.1 miles) run on the treadmill
I felt prepared but nervous when I arrived at the studio Saturday afternoon. I felt fairly confident in my ability to nail the row and strength floor portion of the competition. But I was apprehensive about completing a 3.1 mile run at the end at a decent pace. Running is my weakness so I knew I had to knock out the row and strength floor exercises quickly.
14 participants were allowed to compete in each wave of the competition. There were about 4 coaches and some other staff members inside the studio to make sure we were all following the rules and to help motivate and encourage everyone along the way. Our coaches gave us 10 minutes to warm up inside the studio and get some extra stretching in before we started.
After we were warm, we headed to the strength floor to go over all of the exercises and cover some ground rules. Because this was technically classified as a national event, these are some of the rules we all had to follow:
- Repetitions on the strength floor had to be done with the full range of motion
- No jumping the rails on the treadmill
- No using the handrails on the treadmill
- The 5K run had to be completed at at least a 1% incline
- Power walkers must walk at a minimum pace of 4.5 mph the entire time
The order of events were rowing, followed by the strength floor and we would finish off on the treadmills. After we covered all of the rules, we all headed to our respective water rowers so we could begin! The coaches had set all of the rowers up for distance so they each displayed 2,000 meters on the screens. Once we began our row, our distance would decrease. Once we hit zero, our rower would freeze so our time could be verified. The flat screens in the studio also displayed a large timer so we could keep track of our overall time.
After we were all situated on our rowers our head coach gave us a count down and then the dri-tri kicked off! I knew I needed to pace myself at the beginning so I didn’t gas out after the first event. My goal was to finish the row in around 7 minutes. I started off kind of fast – my wattage was really high at the beginning. I found my groove and hit a steady pace after the first 500 meters. I finished my 2,000 meters right after the 7 minute mark and was the 4th off the rower overall. Then it was on to the strength floor.
I knew I could knock out the exercises on the strength floor fairly quickly, but I still tried to pace myself a bit. Our exercises included the following:
- 20 push-ups
- 20 bench tap squats
- 20 burpees
- 40 step-ups
- 30 bench hop overs
- 20 plank jacks
We had to complete this circuit two times for a total of 300 reps. The burpees really winded me, but I managed to keep my pace consistent and I was the first off of the strength floor and on the treadmills.
I started my treadmill and put it at the required 1% incline. I spent the first few seconds at a walking recovery speed of 3 mph. I was tired, out of breath and my legs were already fatigued. After I caught my breath a bit, I bumped it up to a 5.5 and eventually coasted at around 6.5 mph, only bringing it down to a 5.5 when I felt like I needed a little break.
The girl I was running next to were neck and neck towards the end of the 5K run. We both kept bumping up our speeds. I think at the end I was running at an 8 or 8.5 mph pace. My legs were jello and I was exhausted. I ended up being the second overall to finish and the first woman to finish during our wave of competitors!
As you can see, the trainers were all so motivating and pushed me all the way to the end. I ended up finishing it 49:17 and was so proud of myself! The top three finishers for each age group won a prize. Unfortunately I didn’t make the top three, I think I missed third place by less than a minute. But that’s just fine, I’m just proud of myself for going out there and pushing myself the entire time!
If you are an Orangetheory Fitness member and have ever thought about doing a Dri-Tri, I really encourage you to give it a shot! It was such a blast!