Here are the final results:
Overall time: 5:55:26
4th in AG
13th in Overall Women
New PR by 13 minutes #PRsMakeMyHeartHappy!
So did I meet my goals??
Have fun and remember all the reasons why I love the sport of triathlon. EXCEEDED!
Our team ROCKS! I am not going to list all the reasons why the team is awesome, but I will say thank you! Thank you for making my second 70.3 great! I had so much fun, and cannot wait to race again.
Beat my Eagleman swim. ACHIEVED-well kind of.
I was out of the water in 38:43 at Eagleman, while I was out of the water on Saturday in 34:23. Slight improvement time wise, but mentally and technically I would say my EM swim was much stronger. After rounding the first buoy, I quickly learned that I do not like seaweed. In fact, I hate seaweed. We are not friends! I was so freaked out by the seaweed that I wasn't able to find my rhythm until lap 2. FAIL! Long story short, I think my time improvement was the result of wearing a wetsuit and not the result of me executing a better swim than I did at EM. Definitely something to work on before Cozumel.
Nail my mental game! Embrace the the concept of "Pain is weakness leaving the body" - ACHIEVED
Because there were less than 200 people of the course on Saturday, I spent a lot of my bike ride alone. Riding by myself is definitely not as fun as riding with my friends; however, it did give me lots of time to practice my mental game for IM. I focused on the positives like how delicious my Honey Stinger Waffles were and ignored the thoughts about how much I hated hills. This definitely helped me get through the ride. The positive ride vibes were carried into the run. This was huge! I entered T2 mentally ready to take on a half marathon. My run split definitely showed this. Despite the hilly course, my time was faster than EM. As for overcoming pain and pushing on, I developed some pretty nasty blisters on my feet during the run and I kept going. What caused the blisters you ask? Well putting soggy feet into sneakers without socks is a dumb idea. Now I am not going to talk about why my feet were soggy, but as fellow triathletes, you can probably guess. Enough said on that. :)
Overall, I was pretty happy with this race. The only thing I would change about the race is that my heart rate was all over the place during the bike. Cozumel will not be hilly, but it will be windy! I need to make sure I really dial into my correct zone on the upcoming training rides. Discipline will the key to having a successful ride in Mexico. I have been training in Zone 2, but I need to continue to train AND RACE with that discipline. As for any other hiccups, I didn't have any real nutrition mishaps or mechanical issues. I did leave my Uncrustable in T1, but packed extra GU and waffles just in case something like that happened. Thank goodness I was prepared!
I hope everyone had a great race!! Happy Tuesday :)