Swim 28:28 10th
Bike 2:14:14 1st
Run 1:24:28 2nd
Sunday morning I jump on Shivy and pedal the 9km down to race start while Jared scoots down on Snail (our 50cc scooter). It's good having a local race. No packing & unpacking my bike, no flying and a hometown advantage!
At 7:08am we are off. After I survive the initial washing machine I find myself in the calm waters of the Boulder Reservoir swimming with one girl to my left. The course is one triangular lap. As I approach the end of the first straight I move ahead of the group I'm in and start to swim down a competitor up ahead. I catch her half way across the next straight then we swim side by side the entire last stretch. On my way back, as I lift my head to sight, I try to catch a glimpse of my main rivals Liz and Leanda, two gun swimmers, up ahead. If I come out 2min behind them I'd be over the moon. Three minutes is the most I hope they can put into me. I can't see ANYONE up ahead. As I run out of the water and up the sand I don't hear any times being called out. In T1 I'm getting out of my Blue Seventy wetty and I hear quite few people yell out to me... 4minutes was the general consensus. FOUR MINUTES! You've got to be kidding.
The past three weeks training has been going really well. I'm over my injury and building up my running. Since my last race I've been able to add in a couple of faster sessions and two longer runs. I was hoping this training would increase my run fitness enough to be able to run strong through 21km in this race but I guess it takes a little longer to absorb the work. I think everyone in my race faded in the run on the second lap as it was really getting hot and the altitude makes it a long tough day. But I did also and I was only able to match Liz's run time.
So that's three races down for me this US season and three second places. Last year I won all my races so this year I thought I'd try something different - maybe I'll see what second place feels like. You know what... I think I prefer first place so if you all don't mind I might go back to winning from now on ;-)
Next up is Hy Vee 5150 US championships! Then Vegas - World 70.3 Champs.