Chris Ahl

Back in 2017 I was asked by my Aunt and Uncle to join a relay team for the run leg of IM 70.3 Boulder. I did not know anything about triathlons or what to expect so I trained up for what would be my first half marathon distance run. The excitement and atmosphere surrounding the event was intoxicating, and I knew that this was something I wanted to do. I started getting serious about swimming and biking around the summer of 2018 and started participating in the indoor triathlons at the Rec Plex and signed up for and completed my first IM 70.3 in Ohio. 2019 was full of firsts, first Olympic distance, first half IM, but it was a great year and now I have my sights set on 2 half distances in 2020 and a full in 2021.

The Saint Louis Tri Club, and triathlon community at large, have been nothing short of amazing. I have met some really terrific people, and the helpful and friendly attitude from the club will keep me in this sport for years to come. I hope to begin to pass forward my knowledge and experience to the next generation of triathletes, and continue to push the boundaries of my own abilities.

When/Where was your first triathlon?
Rec Plex Indoor Tri, short distance – 2018

What is your favorite and least favorite gel flavor?
Favorite gel – Gu Roctance, Chocolate Coconut!

What is your favorite race?
St. Louis Triathlon – Oly Distance

What is the most challenging moment you’ve had during a race?
Probably right before the start of IM 70.3 Ohio. I was in line to start the swim, and when I put my goggles on the strap snapped. Luckily, after panicking, I was able to find my sherpa who promptly gave me my second pair of goggles and I was able to continue on.

What is your favorite place in or around St. Louis to train?
Forest Park

What is the worst food you’ve tried in training or racing and why?
Pretzels, so dry while running.

What is your favorite thing about triathlon?
The community!

What is the one piece of tri-geek gear you can’t live without?
My watch and heart rate monitor. Heart rate based training changed the game for me.

Tip for new (or veteran) triathletes?
Manage your expectations and set realistic goals.