Goal: Give you a rundown of my past three races in 100 words or less each.
Ironman 70.3 Monterrey - 7th Place
SO CLOSE! That’s how it felt at least. I came out of the swim in 13th and moved up to 3rd on the bike posting the fastest bike split of the day (I went DEEP but that’s how I like to race!). Then the run...well, it started off okay. I finished the first lap in 5th but felt my stomach turning against me, literally and figuratively. On lap two I had to...umm, make a pit stop?...and barely hung onto 7th place. I wasn’t happy with my finish but it did give me some confidence!
Driveway Series Crit Race - Austin, TX
Who doesn’t love a good crit race four days after they destroy themselves in a 70.3 and haven’t been on a road bike in like six months?! *Raises hand*
This race was a blast though! What an epic cycling scene in Austin - everyone was so welcoming. Plus, how could you not love a Thursday night crit followed by beers at a gas station? I raced the men’s P/1/2 race and only missed the podium by about 40 spots ;) then tried to double back in the women’s race (five minutes after the men’s finish) and won a coffee prime #priorities.
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh
It was just bad, like I was so sick I had to actually stop on the bike kind of bad. I’m still not sure why, though I have a list of potential reasons which include things such as “drinking too much murky lake water in the swim” or “running up a mountain on an ‘easy run’ the week of the race.” I’m definitely still learning from my mistakes, and boy did I learn a lot this weekend! But in the end I still made my way across that finish line and am already looking forward to the next one…
...What is the next one you ask??
XTERRA Beaver Creek!! Yes, I’m racing an off-road triathlon in a month. No, I have not been on a mountain bike in over a year. But, Chris Frederick helped to get me all set up on a BMC Teamelite 02 XT (photos will be on the ‘Gram soon), and I can’t wait to get out there and hit the trails.
My BIGGEST news lately is qualifying for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in September! This was one of my goals for the year and being able to knock that one out in the first round of the selection process is quite a relief. Now it’s time to put the head down and wind back up the training in preparation for September 9th!
Oh, and in case you were wondering...the word count goal was ACCOMPLISHED! You can word count yourself if you don’t believe me, hashtags don’t count :)
Professional cyclist turned professional triathlete living in Boulder, CO.