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, it was a great year. 2020 was a unique year for sure, and 2021 I have my sights set on IM 70.3 St. George and my first Full Iron distance in Indiana.

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?
Like many – the Rec Plex Indoor Tri Series

What is your favorite and least favorite gel flavor?
Favorite is Gu Roctane – Chocolate Coconut
Least favorite – any fruit flavor

What is your favorite race?
So far my favorite race was the Saint Louis Triathlon – Olympic distance.

What is the most challenging moment you’ve had during a race?
Breaking my goggles prior to the start of my first IM 70.3 swim! Luckily I had a backup.

What is your favorite place in or around St. Louis to train?
For running I like to go straight from my front door and just explore. For cycling, nothing beats the hills of Wildwood!

What is the worst food you’ve tried in training or racing and why?
Dry pretzels, who can eat those things while running?

What is your favorite thing about triathlon?
I love the community and the support. I also love how triathlon pushes my mind and body!

What is the one piece of tri-geek gear you can’t live without?
Smart Trainer + Zwift. It really changed that game during this last winter.

Tip for new (or veteran) triathletes?
Set realistic goals, and manage your expectations. And bring backups!