Last year my time was 2:55. I didn’t really take this race too seriously. After EM I thought this race would be a breezed. The rain made for a much cooler day, and it was almost therapeutic. This year my time was 2:43. 2 years ago, I would never of dreamed of doing anything other than playing video games. Over the last two years I have watched my body grow stronger, quicker, moving with purpose and dedication.
This road for me has been marked and marred by setbacks, shattered dreams and mountaintop accomplishments. Over the last two years, I have taken two nasty falls and over trained and fractured my shin. I have raced injured, sick, and healthy but never with pride until today.
Today I raced. I knew what my body could afford for each stage and raced to the fullest. Looking back at this race, I know, for the first time, I left it all out on the course.
I am watching the transformation of a couch potato into an athlete. Each day I can run and ride harder and go a bit further.
Carb Loading (or lack thereof)
My nutrition the day before was awful… I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast, a huge sandwich and fries for lunch (with a margarita), and for dinner I had a single potato skin (with a margarita). I was that hungry and was thinking about scrapping the race altogether.
Race morning was uneventful. I woke up had breakfast and hopped in the car. The rain was so intense that I had to slow down and could barely see. Got the race site and it was pretty uneventful, I set up and found some shelter from the rain.
The swim portion was cancelled which was a shame because that is my best leg. But I made a friend to run with and the race began.
The organizers said the distance was 2.7 miles but the Garmin gave me a reading of 2.4. Whatever the distance was, my pace was a solid jog and a most enjoyable way to start the bike.
T1 was simple and straightforward. A big shout out to my rocket science sports waterproof backpack. It kept my shoes and gear completely dry.
Over the last couple of weeks I have noticed that my speed rarely gets into the single digits when I go up hills. It has been neat to see the slow transformation of becoming a real cyclist. The rain was intense, but the temperature was perfect, cool enough to not get hot, but warm enough not be cold.
This was the first race where I dropped into my lower bars during the flats and really climbed during hills. The big hill at the end was exactly what I was expecting and averaged 10 mph up the first part and 8mph up the second part. Looking back, there’s really nothing I could have improved on in the bike. It was by far my most technically solid race.
T2 was straightforward HR was good and legs felt great.
This was the best run I have had in a race. This is most likely the result of all my EM training. My form was good and it was nice running in cool weather.
My goal for next year will be to drop another 12 minutes off my time. I am excited to see this transformation of video gamer turned triathlete. A proud day, the start of a new me.