steelhead 70.3 was a nice side effect to a fabulous trip to visit my sister and brother-in law in chicago.
we also got to explore southern michigan which was awesome (in the summer of course!) . we were very lucky with an incredible place to stay near the race site. my sister's friend from work had a beautiful house right on the lake in benton harbor, MI. super relaxing, homey and perfect. thank you, KATIE!!!!
the view from Katie's...
Rather than go the typical race report avenue, i'm just going to share and email exchange (no edits!) between me and coach Dirk the day after the race..
From the coach:
"Looked at race results yesterday. Shit, you AG was tough. 4 minutes and 4 slots. Do you think the maga miles over past couple weeks cost you some speed?" (i told you no edits- he needs spell check, huh? :) )
From me: (you will notice that i did not directly address his question of the mega miles because i a) forgot and b) don't know the answer)
"haha. yes, i was 10th overall including pros (small pro field) but 4th in AG. tough group, i just have to get faster!
didn't help that i crashed on the bike- took a 90 degree turn at mile 23 in pouring rain and skidded out on the gravel and flew off my bike. had to reset my brakes (both rubbing) and the chain and get my s%$t together. i also stopped another time to reset my brakes that were rubbing - they weren't releasing well will the rain for some reason).
anyhow, no excuses! that's all rider error anyway and i probably only lost a total of 2-3 minutes. not enough to win my ag (winner beat me by 5).
i didn't run very well. the run course was tough (definitely more like vineman than o'side hill-wise and lots of twisty small paths where is was hard to get in a rhythm. but regardless, i felt not that great. i may need to take in more calories on the bike- was feeling kind of low. i took in about 450 cal total on the bike.
i threw up on the bike 2 times in the beginning so prob. lost some calories there. i think my HR was too high after the swim to take in calories and was hard to take in and digest.
i'm switching drink before kona- i just ordered some powerbar perform and will start testing it when i get home.
overall, the race was fun.some errors, but still a PR for me.
even better, james went 4:08 and won his age group! pulled out a 1:18 run.
the new goal is for both of us to win our AG at IM Texas & stand on the 30-34 podium together. can we make that happen?
have a great sunday!
finishing up the run..
the team at the finish
that email pretty much sums it up except for a few things-
1) the swim - i swam 30:15. i beat james by SIX seconds (winner winner chicken dinner!) . too bad we weren't in the same wave, we could have pulled each other around as we both swam alone
2) it was POURING rain pre race, during the swim, and the first half of the bike for me. my first rainy race. guess i have gotten lucky!
3) that goal- IM Texas is a real goal and i have my sights set on that even more than Kona i think. Kona will be a blast no matter what and i am just lucky to experience it this year and take it all in. i would like to do well, but by no means think i can come in on the podium there. and for my first time there that's not what matters (although i will try my hardest to do as well as i possibly can and i do believe top 10 in my age group could be a nice long shot goal and i will not sell myself short and say i'm just going for the experience. i am going for the experience and i'm going to LAY IT DOWN! ). the reason i am more excited about IM Texas is that i get to race it with james in his first ironman and i am SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY that he is fully sucked back in to the road triathlon world and loving it. dream come true! we are sharing so many more experiences and miles together now and i could not be happier.
another reason to set my sights on IM Texas...his award is bigger than mine.. not gonna let that happen again! kidding, of course.
4) my total time/splits for anyone who cares and for me to have for future reference were
4th/137 age group 30-34
10th/634 total women
so i'm very happy with my first top 10 at a 70.3.
saturday night after the race, we headed back to chicago & hit the town with my sister and one of my BFFs from college. Just so happens that she is dating a triathlete from Team Timex and he was showing around another Timex teammate..good times with spandex lovers! ! we stuck around for dinner and beers, but made our exit just as they were ordering Red Bull Vodkas...i heard it was a late night! i always miss the fun stuff!
andrew, james, brother-in-law dan, me, heather, mark
on sunday we took a final spin around the lake before packing the bikes....next stop- Virginia!