Saturday: I tried to get too fit too early for this race. Racing back to back days isn't easy. Had a decent race on day one, by the time I got to the run I backed way off knowing I wasn't in contention and had to do it all over the next day.
Sunday: I struggled big time Sunday had a rough swim. Fell off the feet of the second pack and did what I could on the bike. When I dismounted my bike I came down on my ankle bad and was forced to DNF after 500 meters of the run.
Florida 70.3: priority number one - qualify for 70.3 world championships.
This was my second half ever. Not having much experience racing them I had trouble pacing. Had a good swim. Ended pushing the bike a bit too hard. Biked a 2:16 then got penalized 4 min for not dropping out of the zone before repassing. Averaged 338 watts over the full bike course which lead to a struggle fest on the last 8 miles or so of the run, managed to hang on for second AG. Punching my ticket to worlds, season objective number one: Complete.
St. Anthonys: This race was my first Olympic 2 years ago so it basically acts as a gauge for me to measure annual progress.
After Florida 70.3, two weeks prior to this race I really felt like I never bounced back. I struggled through workouts leading up and just wasn't mentally in the game. Started out the race with a decent swim, second pack. Did most of my work on the bike as usual. Had the second fastest bike split of the day with a 57:40. I rode into top 6 or so then hung on for 10th overall on the day which I was pleased with considering the dudes I was up against.
Knoxville: Rev 3 age group championship, a hybrid distance race. 1.2 mile swim, 40 mile bike and 10mile run.
I was fortunate enough to have a lot of friends and teammates out there spectating and racing this day which honestly helped a ton!
I had the fastest 1.2 mile swim I've ever had and managed 6th out of the water. Ironically enough I struggled more than ever on the bike this day. Ended up having to ride extremely reserved. I listened to my body and it paid off later in the day. I biked into third place, passed one person and got passed by one person on the run. I was sitting pretty in a podium spot. Mile three of the run one of my competitors ran up on my shoulder. It was go time for me. We ended up running the next 7 miles together. He sprinted up the last hill with .20 of a mile to go and at that point there was no space on the course to repass. I was 4th armature on the day by 7 seconds. First in my age group taking home the 500$ cash which was nice. Gutting, yet one of the best put together races of my career so far.
This race was a great confidence booster. Second half of the season will be amazing!
Exciting stuff since then: Since I was able to get my qualification for 70.3 world early in the season it has given me the opportunity to take a "mid season break". Taking full advantage, I've been able to do a lot of fun-non-triathlon-stuff. Some triathlon(coaching) stuff too.
Progress work on my tattoo:
Coaching: I've worked really hard the last couple months on starting my own triathlon coaching business. Official post to follow. For now you can follow us on
Moving: I've had the opportunity to make a move out to boulder CO to train for the summer. I've only been here a week and I can already tell it's gonna be epic.
Awesome times with friends:
So far this year has treated me well but the best is still to come!