T-Minus 48 Hours
The travel games officially began. Thursday was kicked off with an easy run, a nice breakfast and some time packing. Spent the day with the kiddos which is always great. We spent the afternoon painting at the park, playing baby dolls and digging for shooting stars : )
T-Minus 36 Hours
After some last minute doggie-sitter complications and a whole lot of delicious pasta the first checkpoint, Denver was reached.
T-Minus 24 Hours
Started the day at 4:30am with a hotel shuttle to DIA for a tram to plane transition. Did my best to have a liter of water for every hour on the plane, people must have thought I had bad Chinese the night before with my frequent trips to the plane bathroom. Got into Orlando at 1pm.
This left exactly five hours for the following to be accomplished:
Get bags, pick-up rental car, drive straight to venue, assemble bike in parking lot, scope out transition, practice a few mounts, ride a few loops of the course, check out beach area, pick up packet, mandatory meeting at national training center, check into hotel, apply race-tats, and RELAX.
Only what actually happened was more like:
Pick up bags, wait in line at Budget car rental for 90minutes, which in that time I decide to assemble the bike (two birds with one piece of bread right?) Discover that somewhere in transit a spacer on my headset went missing, which meant the next stop had to be a bike shop. Get spacer, finishe assembly, change in bike shop bathroom while Justin grabs some groceries. Get to venue at 5:05pm to squeeze in a 30minute ride, 5 minute glance at transition, and a jog down to the beach to look at the swim buoys. Conclude venue preparation. Drive swiftly to the meeting and arrive fashionably late. Deep breath.
Elite Development Draft Legal
March 9th 2013
Woof. Felt like a total re-introduction to swimming in open water. Had a lot of trouble sighting and getting into a rhythm the first 350 yards. At the first turn buoy things came together a bit, but the damage was done. 25th out of the water.
Draft racing is now officially in my top five list of best things ever in the whole entire world. Was lucky to be with a few other girls who could truly ride and who were willing to hammer. We closed a 1:10 gap and went from the back of ‘C-pack’ to the lead of ‘B-pack” it was incredible. Averaged 23mph. 2nd fasted bike split.
A little deceiving. Thought I was moving faster than I was, but still happy with my overall performance. 6:44 pace
Overall: 14th place
Impressions: Completely solidified my desire and vision to race professionally.
Age Group Non Drafting Sprint
March 10th 2013
Lost an hour of sleep, because of the clock change. That one hour made waking up pretty darn impossible. I felt like that little kid begging their parents for JUST FIVE MORE MONUTES!
Better than the first day. Go figure. Was a mass start, men and women together. Swim starts with dudes kind of suck. They go out SOOOO hard and so fast, like a horizontal aquatic boxing match, but then 200 yards in the pace comes to every couple strokes I seem to be making my way up somebody’s backside. Ran out the beach and everyone in the crowd was telling me that I was the first woman out (Which is like the best thing ever to hear)
Felt solid on the bike. Lots of love to EK Endurance coaching for this development. Averaged 22mph solo.
Some days running is just truly fun, this was one of them.
Overall: First female
Impressions: While back to back racing might shred your body a bit, it is pretty freakin’ fun.
Ok. I know. I know.
Race Recaps aren't the most exciting of posts, so here is the comedic thought of the day.
Here's to peace, training trip & palm trees,