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 😉
In between adventures with my dad and friends was the real reason I made the trip to Colorado in the first place: the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting. While the meetings and presentations are exciting for me, they don't make great reading material for you! :P So I'll get to the really important stuff...cinnamon rolls and running!
Well, the summer has just started and I've already had some pretty amazing adventures.
Well, I made it back to Boston to try and earn some redemption from my race last year. For those of you who want to know how last year's race went, click here. The ultra-short version, I had my worst marathon ever, missed my goal time by 25 minutes, and was defeated by the beast of Boston.
But this year would be different. This year I would redeem myself…or would I?
The finish: Across the line, into the med tent, and providing a "sample"
Immediately upon finishing, I grabbed the nearest volunteer and told them I needed help. Like I said, I gave everything I had and couldn't even hold myself upright. I knew I had crossed the finish line in first place, but it didn't really sink in that I won my age group for a little bit. Let me explain.
After being held in Milwaukee, WI the last two years, the location of this year’s USAT Age-Group National Championship (AGNC) will be in the Gateway to the West: Omaha! This will be my second year competing in the USAT AGNC and after the great time I had last year, I’m looking forward to another fantastic race.
I'm like Katherine Heigl in the movie 27 Dresses!
Don't you know you're not supposed to call it a "Report"??
After the race: tired, sore, and HUNGRY!
- I had some lofty goals which included finishing in a time of 2:25:00 (avg. pace 5:32/mile)
- I was coming off an injury that forced me to take almost 5 weeks off from running outside with just 6 weeks to go before the marathon
- It was hot (71) and windy (10+ mph headwind)
- I was CRUISING through the first 10k (avg. pace 5:32) and felt fan-freaking-tastic!
- Everything fell apart right around the halfway point and I was just in survival mode after that, but I did NOT walk
- Going slow did have it's perks. I got to enjoy the atmosphere and experience of THE BOSTON MARATHON!
- Bostonian's have funny accents (you know you can pronounce the 'r' in words, right?!)
- I had so many people who texted, called, posted, and everything else that it was beyond humbling and I am so thankful for all of you!
- I finished in a time of 2:50:02 and missed my goal time by 25 minutes. This was my slowest marathon by 10 minutes since I started running marathons 3 years ago
- I am nowhere near satisfied with this effort and I will be back to Boston for redemption