Just not my day! I have been averaging about 2 races a month since January. I have been so lucky to experience a lot of success, pr’s and improvements. Today was just not the case. I know “bad” races are bound to pop up, but it was not as easy to digest as I thought it would be. I was pretty bummed at first, but I am grateful it was at this race and not Eagleman! I went into this race really excited about the chance to PR, and be top 10 in my AG (if not better). Even though I was bummed, it was hard to feel bad when SO MANY of my friends got podium! Especially Lizzy, we have been on this journey together since almost day one. Its amazing to watch someone progress like she has to win her AG! ☺
Swim 20:52 I really wanted to go sub 20, and really thought I had. Went out too fast to try and get ahead of the pack. Didn’t really work too well in my favor. I always have to swim/bike/run my own race, and not be so concerned with everyone else. The swamp grass was kind of scary. Maybe I should have thrown some on the girl that was trying to draft off me!
T1: 3:03 Need to be faster. I am too scared to go sockless though.
Bike: 1:07:16 I did this course faster last year at IG on my old aluminum bike. I got a new carbon fiber bike, and really thought I would fly. That is only if the engine is running properly. My goal time was 58-1:00, but I dropped my chain on 108, on the way out, like 5 minutes in. I was so mad because it was my own fault! At least I did not flat, but it took a lot longer than normal to get my chain back on, it had gotten wedged somehow. If I flip my bike over the caps to my aero bars pop off, so I just laid it down on its side and did the best I could. I was pretty much down for the count mentally. A bunch of people in my AG went past and I knew it was more people I would have to try and catch on the bike, which is my weakest. My bike at Eagleman was miserable so I got a new saddle Wednesday and will be getting a fit. Wouldn’t recommend a new saddle for race day, but I was in so much pain during eagleman, I thought, how much worse could it be for “just” 17 miles? It didn’t feel great, I can promise you that. I really did not feel like I was going as slow as my time reflects. I also realized I have not ridden this course since IG last year, oops, my bad! I was so focused on first on Columbia, and then on the flats for Eagleman, this course got lost in the mix. It is similar to Columbia, but it’s a different push, that I did not let my body experience. Okay, that’s what I am going to blame it on! Anyway, I was really excited to get off my bike and open it up on the run. Haha, the best laid plans……..
Holy side stitch/cramp like I have never felt before. It hurt to move, it hurt to breath, it just hurt, and I was about to say “forget (insert another f word here to really get the full gist of my thoughts!) this.” I didn’t though, and made myself keep moving. It sucked, and it hurt, and I was barely only shuffling. So much for opening up that run! I made it Gatorade hill and saw many familiar faces. Usually this is enough to pep me up, but I was in so much pain, I don’t even know if I mustered a smile or a thank you. So, to the water stop people, THANK YOU for being out there and being so enthusiastic! Finally right before going back into the park, I felt a little better. I was able to run the last half of the run at a better clip, but I was so sad I didn’t even break 2 hours. I was able to catch 4-5 women in my AG, so that made me feel slightly better.
I really did not do that bad, I just had expectations coming into this race, and feel like I fell short and let myself down. I feel like I had so much more to leave out on the course and just was not able to. It was a great learning experience, and a humbling day. Thank you so much to everyone who was kind, and understanding of my sulking! I’m over it (sort of), and ready to get better on the bike. Congrats to SO many people who won AG, and relays! It is incredible to race with and surround myself with such awesome athletes!