Last Sunday morning I woke up at the crack of dawn, downed a cup of coffee and a gomacro bar (peanut butter chocolate chip, my fave), and headed to the Fan in Richmond, VA to take on the RVA Trifecta! This review won’t follow my normal pattern of categories… because it’s unlike any “race” I’ve ever done! Keep reading for all of my thoughts on this very fun, VERY Richmond triathlon!
The RVA Trifecta consisted of three different legs or events: a cycle class, a run, and a yoga class. All three put together to make one hell of a fun and challenging Sunday morning! The Trifecta was broken up into waves and the goal was to sign up based on your 5K predicted time. I chose the very first wave at 7:00 AM… and while it was definitely an early wake up that morning, I was happy to beat the heat of a sunny June day by the time we got around to yoga on Monument Avenue! The other two heats began at 8:05 and 9:15 for anyone needing some extra z’s.
The first leg of the race started with a 45 minute cycle class at BOHO Studio, right in the heart of the fan. I’ve done spin classes before at Gold’s but had never checked out BOHO (although I’ve seen them all over my Instagram!). The studio was amazing and reminded me a lot of the fun boutique fitness studios popping up around Richmond these days. The inside was clean white, with a fun selection of branded apparel and a studio with tons and tons of very nice bikes. These bikes are the real deal and you’ll need cycle shoes to lock into them. Lucky for me, BOHO was gracious enough to provide all participants with a pair for free for their class and the wonderful ladies were also around to help show me how to use them, haha! The class itself was a BOHO Body class led by Kris and was an absolute BLAST!! Upbeat music, fun variations, intense bursts of speed and hills, and even a few songs using weights for some upper body strength! The instructor was very motivational and did a great job of cueing and also turning the lights on and off to keep us engaged and pushing hard… it was a tough 45 minutes but I’ll absolutely be back to this studio for more!!
The second leg was a 5K run through the fan with my favorite running store in Richmond, Fleet Feet! We started right outside of BOHO and the course was a giant loop through the city. It was very well marked and members of the Fleet Feet race team joined along to make sure no one got lost. Very flat, very easy and just a bit shy of 3.1 but we weren’t in it to compete so no worries there. After the race, Fleet Feet had a great booth set up with a ton of free samples from great nutrition brands like Glukos, Nuun, Clif and Heath Warrior, as well as fresh water to cool off. I always love the energy of the Fleet Feet team and their showing at the RVA Trifecta was no exception! Seriously, if you’re looking for a great running store in RVA with team members that will take the time to make sure you’re in the right shoe, check them out!
The third and final leg of the Trifecta was an hour long yoga class led by a teacher from Om On Yoga right on the median of Monument Avenue! There’s something almost holy about practicing yoga in nature and, even though we were on Monument with cars whizzing by, the feel of the grass underneath my mat and feet was just so zen! The instructor, Lany, was wonderful and led us through a very grounding flow to stretch out after all of the activity from the morning… which was much needed and much appreciated! I normally practice in a hot studio (The Hot Yoga Barre, my jam, check em out), but really enjoyed this relaxing class outdoors. It was the perfect way to end the Trifecta!
In between each of the legs was plenty of time to change and get ready for the next event. We had about 10 minutes between the cycle and run and between the run and yoga to switch out shoes, get iPods and headphones ready to go or unroll our yoga mats and trek over to monument (the whole 20 feet it took to get there). I really loved that BOHO Studio was the central point of the race. I was able to leave all of my belongings there with no need to haul around different shoes and accessories to various spots throughout the Fan. When I arrived, I simply dropped off my mat and bag and the amazing ladies at BOHO kept them safe for me during each event! There was also plenty of parking so no worries there (however, I was in the first wave, so I’m not sure if parking remained that easy as the day went on).
The swag bag was great! No shirts for this event (although, you guys know me, and know that I’m a graphic tank top whore so of course I had to buy my own RVA Trifecta muscle tank for $20), but plenty of great coupons to make use of! The swag bag came with a 20% off apparel coupon to Om On Yoga’s online store, 10% off of a 5 Class Package at BOHO Cycle (which I took full advantage of), a super cute Onzie headband, and some yummy treats from Health Warrior! Also, no medal for this one either, although that could be a fun idea in the future. I absolutely love the muscle tank I bought and would definitely pay extra for my entry fee in order to guarantee a tank next year (I paid $35 as an early bird price and then it went up to $45).
I can’t say enough good things about my experience with the Trifecta! It was challenging, but fun, and I loved having the opportunity to try out different studios and fitness options. Richmond is a fantastic city for fitness lovers and this event just helped to highlight some of the many studios and groups around the city that make this such a healthy place to be! I can’t recommend all three partners enough! Make sure to check them out and I’d love to see you at the next RVA Trifecta! Oh, and PS: I ended my Trifecta with a stop to The Pit and The Peel at their new location in Carytown for a Bees Knees Bowl! Their new spot is open and ready for business so make sure to swing by after a cycle class at BOHO and check them out!