Age Group Nationals & Prep For London
07.08.2013 - 16.08.2013 75 °F
I've spent the last year entirely sure that Milwaukee wouldn't be able to stand even close to the incredible venue of Nationals the last two years. Burlington, VT was spectacular. A great city, beautiful waterfront, great course..It was awesome. And then Wisconsin happened. No joke. An equally fantastic city, a waterfront that looked more like the ocean and a much more thoughtfully designed course. USAT played their cards well on this one.
After packing my bags via headlamp in the driveway. I was ready to rock. Got a lift to the airport from this amazing guy I know....and arrived to Milwaukee early afternoon. Assembled bike in rental car area...because per usual the car wasn't ready and I found myself having time to kill.
Found a great cycling shop (although nothing compares to New England Bicycle and got out for a brick workout on the course. Grocery shopped and passed out..hard.
Picked up pops at the airport, got a nice easy ride in and nailed a ton of practice on T2. Was going to be racing with new flats and didn't want to be fumbling all over the place. No no butter fingers, butterscoutch!!! We picked up our packets and were totally surprised to find bags that weren't just filled with lame flyers and a single gu. Shirt, hat, socks, and even free compression socks. Totally awesome and totally not going to happen at another race venue until next years Nationals.
Met up with Corey for some open water practice. Got a good feel for the water, and my new wetsuit. Huge love to Blueseventy for posting up a great prize at the Cohasset Triathlon. We all were feeling good in the water and were starting to get a litttlllleeee bit fired up. Went back to the hotel to rest...which really translated into dancing around the hotel to some Ghostland with my cap and goggles on. #energywasting (but soo needed)
Got in a great starting space and I shit you not was able to swim a majority of this race with out getting caught up, hung up, kicked, trampled, or even trampling anyone...It was wild. I found myself sighting a little bit too frequently in the beginning because I kept thinking that I must be wayyyyy off course since I wasn't experiencing the aquatic stampede. Paced myself well, established my stroke and after the turn cranked it up a bit to start making passes. Had a best time 22:06 - f-ing finally. I had felt plateud on the swim for quite some time now, so when my dad called out my time to me heading into T1 I got STOKED!
Boom. Eh maybe a little hangup on the ol' timing chip, but efficient for sure.
Best average for Watts - without overdoing and being toasted for the run. It was a good course. Fast. Roads were a little less than sexy and smooth but overall rockin'.
Had a plan and actually executed it. Got a just barely PR, but still a PR. I think the most important thing for me on this run was I learned more about how I function during the 10k, what things should feel like when you BUILD instead of FADE.
12th in age group
36th Chica overall
Faster than before...Not fast enough.
Back to MA
As much as I miss my Boulder life, spending time with family is priceless.
Up & Coming
Witch City Sprint : 2 days
My Brain Twins WEDDING in MONTANA : 7 days
Back to my boy, my friends, my coach, my lattes and everything Boulder: 10 days (that was a long one)
Boulder Peak: 14 days
World Championships: 30 days
Motivation of the Day
Here's to peace, bike make-overs and hugs