Racing, Triathlon

2019 Duathlon National Championships- Day 1

When I mapped out my race schedule at the beginning of the year, I wasn’t planning on going back to South Carolina to do the DU. I started a new job and have some other early season goals, so taking 5 days off to go race didn’t seem feasible. But after moving some things around at work and with the help of USA Triathlon, I was able to make the trip.

2019 Duathlon National Championships- Day 2
The race got turned to a super-sprint this afternoon because of the weather. It was a torrential downpour and high winds prior to the start. Once the race got underway, it was actually fine, though.

Run 1- I took the lead out pretty hard; I didn't want anyone getting the inside line on me. I went from 0-16.9mph (3:33/mile) in 13 seconds. That didn't last long and I settled into a more comfortable pace (avg. 4:57/mile). A young kid came by me and took the lead for a bit but that didn't last long. Then Derek came by me and I stayed hot on his heels. I was surprised at how short the run actually was. 2k is not very far! Running down through the baseball fields, I took the lead and never looked back. I had a quick T1 and shot out onto the bike. I almost crashed as I was mounting because my hands slipped on the bars from all the rain.

Bike- I didn't even take the time to strap my shoes until the far turnaround because I was pushing so hard. The bike course starts uphill so you can't just coast and strap the shoes. Thankfully, my flying mount has gotten good enough that I can put my feet into my shoes right on the fly. I tried to stay as aero as possible on the ride- stacking my hands, keeping my head down, and having a flat back. I also forgot to push the "Lap" button again after getting on the bike so I don't have any data for that. I was really hoping to get power data for the ride. T2 was more successful today than yesterday and I was in and out.

Run 2- Upon exiting transition, I took a peek over my shoulder to see if anyone was close. Patton Sims (last year's runner up in this event) wasn't too far behind me so I really tried to push it. Both calves were cramping today, though, so I just tried to stay out of sight, out of mind. At the far turnaround of the run, Jacob Capin had taken 2nd place from Patton and Ryan Giuliano was running him down too. With about one tenth of a mile to go, I finally let myself relax and enjoy the run down the finish chute.

It was a little disappointing we didn't get to do the entire distance but I understand USA Triathlon's decision so as to keep the athletes safe. Crossing the line and taking the tape never gets old :) I have 3 overall and 7 age group nationals championships to my name now. Only 33 more and I'll catch up to Kirsten Sass! hahaha

Triathlon, Travel, Racing

2018 ITU Gold Coast World Championships

Yikes! It’s been about 10 months since my last entry. In fairness to myself, I’ve been working like crazy finishing a more important writing project - my dissertation! Since my last entry, I successfully completed my 150 page, 40,000 word dissertation and graduated with my Ph.D in Exercise Physiology. So yes, I’m a doctor…but not the kind who helps people haha.

But enough about that boring stuff! I know you’re here for the triathlon/cinnamon roll stuff 😅

A couple of weeks ago, I got the opportunity to take a trip to Australia for the ITU Triathlon Age Group World Championships. The trip was a bit of a last minute decision for me…I didn’t even have a flight or hotel booked until about one week before I left! Thankfully, USA Triathlon was able to get me registered at the eleventh hour.

Triathlon, Racing

MiTi 70.3- This may not have been my smartest idea...

For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to do a half-ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run) just one week after the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship. I didn't realize just how little long course training I had done until I looked after the race. The last time I ran 13 miles was back in May and I've only ever ridden 56+ miles 6 times in my life! I mean, sure, I was in decent shape to get me through the 70.3 miles (or 71.8 with a long bike course and a mishap on the run...but you'll have to keep reading to hear about that 🙃), but had no idea how I would fare against the rest of the competition.

Triathlon, Racing

2017 USA Triathlon National Championships

Back in Omaha for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. This triathlon season has been anything but smooth. If you missed what’s happened so far, take a look back at my GR Triathlon and Tri del Sol races. Then, take a look at my post on being consistent. If you want the shortened version, I was 5 and 7 minutes slower than I was last year at those races. Part of the reason I think I've been slower is that I’ve been traveling a lot working with a sports nutrition company and been unable to get any solid training or resting in. The other part? Keep reading and you’ll find out 😉

Triathlon, Travel, Life

Consistency is key

Well, three triathlons down, one 5th place and two 2nd place overall finishes. Not really what I had in mind for the beginning of my triathlon season. Some people might see this as pretty good, but I went slower this year in both the 2nd place races than I did last year (5 and 8 minutes, respectively).