Yes, you read that right. I did a 70.3! I’ve actually done 2 in the past but the first one was 5ish years ago when I first started competing in triathlon and had no idea what I was doing. The second one was in 2017 just one week after the USA Triathlon National Championships and I had done almost no specific training for the 70.3 (i.e., my longest run was 11 miles 3 months before the race and my longest ride *might* have been 50 miles). I wanted to give the 70.3 distance a fair shot before I decided if I liked it or not.
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.