It is currently 4:30am the morning after Oceanside 70.3 and I am sitting in my hotel bed eating leftover pizza because I am SO HUNGRY! Who knows how this blog post will turn out but at least I will be properly fueled :).
I arrived to this race early for once. I met my mom at the airport (yay!!) and we rolled up to our hotel to find Jan Frodeno sitting outside. I was just like “act cool, don’t trip getting out of the Uber.” I didn’t trip and made it safely into the hotel on two feet #accomplishment
We spent a few days enjoying the delicious local fish, watching the surfers, and riding around beautiful Camp Pendleton. Then suddenly it was race day…
Swim: Brrrrrr! The swim took place in a little marina just as the sun was rising. I tried to stay on feet and made it until about the first buoy when everyone started to gradually swim away from me :(. I came out of the water in 16th I think? I know what I need to work on!
Bike: I’m sure the bike course was beautiful. I saw parts of it the day before the race and found the views just stunning. However, come race day there is never any sightseeing going on. I was focused on catching as many people as possible! I rode as hard as I could on that day and moved myself up to 9th place.
Run: Those little, steep hills hurt!! They were no match for my light and responsive On Cloudflow's. I was pretty happy with my run though. I felt fairly strong and was only passed by Malindi Elmore (former Olympic runner, woah!), leaving me with a top 10 finish in a super strong field!
While I always want to do better, I was pleased with the result. It is pretty crazy to look back at Miami 70.3, just over 5 months ago, and see my run at Oceanside 70.3 already 11 minutes faster! I am so grateful for all of Siri’s help these past months and I am looking forward to the next block of training in Boulder.
Thank you to all of my sponsors who make racing possible for me, to all of my friends and family for their support and well-wishes, and to my mom, Lauren, and Larry for coming out and cheering for me!!
Professional cyclist turned professional triathlete living in Boulder, CO.