First - CAMPECHE 70.3, 3/19/17. 4th place pro woman.
Nothing easy about the lead up, but race was great!
Race week came with an unfortunate start as Hunter came down with the flu and a double ear infection on Monday, quickly followed by both Mark and myself being taken out with a terrible flu. It was a few nights of no sleep (one up all night puking, then the others with poor sick baby), and I debating bailing on the race. Luckily, by Thursday I was able to at least do a little easy stuff, so I decided to just try it.
(Baby/Mom stuff - skip if you want) In addition to the sick household, I was still trying to be done breastfeeding, which proved to be extremely painful during this particular weekend as I was traveling solo and had a long travel day. I started dealing with what I thought were some plugged ducts and potentially mastitis (ouch!). I even couldn't sleep I was in so much pain and the pump was not clearing it. Ugh. So, I pumped all I could the night before and race morning and just dealt with it. Luckily this weekend was the worst of it!
Anyhow, the race itself: It was a 2 transition race, LOTS OF logistics the day before to get everything set. Race morning was very smooth, I stayed just a 10 min walk from T2 where we loaded buses to take us to the start. I got there PLENTY early (as usual) and had time to get the bike all set, stretch out and get a little warm up swim.
SWIM: non-wetsuit, ocean swim. I was looking to try to swim with Heather Wurtle, but her swim is much better now (or mine is worse) or I just struggled in the waves (or maybe all of those!). After a choppy start I settled in and actually had a very controlled swim, feeling like hopefully I wasn't too far back!
BIKE: Contrary to what I read, this was not flat! Rollers and holy wind! I tried to stick to some power goals and also just race. It went pretty well! I had no idea what would happen going in...although my power numbers look good, the volume is not there in training. I actually just went back and tallied up...since December I have done 7 rides of 2 hours and 3 rides over 2 hours. This is not because I don't want to ride my bike. I have had a TON of 1-1.5hr extremely hard, focused rides on the trainer. This is just the reality of life right now- I don't have a ton of time to ride. Why am I sharing this? Because it IS possible to train for a half Ironman with limited training hours available and the trainer really works! Sure, my bike splits aren't amazing right now, and I am certainly not feeling amazing the last 45 minutes of the race, but with the time I put in, I can't help but feel good about where I'm finishing here. I think I came off the bike in 8th or 9th.
RUN: This is what I have been doing a lot of....and a LOT of it with the stroller in the hills. I came off the bike a little drained, but optimistic I could work my way up (probably a little short on calories - hot weather and first race of the season). I enjoyed the course, crowd and challenge of being back racing with some talented women. Finished the run in 1:24 and managed to work through the ranks up to 4th place. Wahoo!
Full Campeche results
Timex Camp - March 24-26, Boulder, Colorado
Next up, Timex Camp! I had to miss this last year, so I was super excited to see everyone again. The weekend did not disappoint, with a good mix of training, fun, and seeing some new and old friends. It's hard to believe this is my 9th year on the team! When I started with the group I had only completed 1 half Ironman and 1 Ironman and was completely naive on so many levels. I have grown immensely in the sport thanks to this team and am thankful for their continued support. Thanks to Marks sister, Anna, who lives in Denver and may have earned Aunt of the year award for taking Hunter for the weekend!!
OCEANSIDE 70.3, 4/1. 6th place pro woman. Fastest run split!
I traveled with Hunter again this weekend and luckily had a great helper, Megan, along for Hunter. We had a nice air BNB not too far from the race. I used Tribike transport which made it super easy the day before the race as my bike was right there! I had a few bike/power issues before check in, but luckily Mark Andrews was there from Trek to give my bike a little TLC. Overall, this race went well and I can't help but be happy with the result in such a strong field and my fastest ever half Ironman run on a hilly course!
Swim: UGH. I need to work on start speed! It was fast and furious from the get go and I just didn't have it out of the gates. I lost the group and swam in no-mans-land, doing a terrible job sighting and swimming some stupid path. Not ideal. Not every swim is great, but I was happy to see mainly the top girls bikes gone when I got there, so it wasn't as bad as it felt!
Bike: I headed out, planning to 'take some chances' as Mark said, but also keep it in check to an extent as I wanted to have a solid race overall. I was feeling pretty smooth, but quickly got annoyed by a back pack (prob last place) male pro who kept passing me then slowing down or stopping. SERIOUSLY?! wth. I wanted him to disappear. What in the world was he doing by me?! The motorcycles where back and forth as I think I was maybe top 8 or so women and was not too far from a couple ahead. Anyhow, eventually this guy seemed to pull over and I didn't see him again. Like in Campeche, I did alright and somewhat held on the last 15 miles. My nutrition was a bit better at this one (drank an extra bottle of gatorade) so I actually didn't feel as dead finishing. I think I came off the bike in 8th, and was feeling very determined to hold this position or better it.
Run: I couldn't wait to see Hunter!! I was running hard looking for him, but really enjoying the race, trying to catch some girls and loving the cheers. I didn't once look at my watch and just listened to my body. Taking water, gatorade, coke, whatever they had and running to the next one. This was my fastest half Ironman run and strangely did not feel hard. I didn't feel like quitting, I didn't feel like I couldn't hold pace, I just felt like I was on a run. I think I'll keep training with the stroller!!! I made it up to 6th place, finishing with 5th ahead of me in the chute (needed another mile to get her!). 1:20 is my fastest run split in a half IM (by 1 min) and makes me think this is going to be a great year of racing.
Full Oceanside Results
We had a bit of time after the race and were able to enjoy some sights in Cali and even visit with some family.
I'm super thankful to be able to race again and am motivated like never before! Next up, St. George 70.3 on May 6.
Thanks to Sponsors and Friends:
Timex, Trek, Shimano, Scratch Labs, Rudy Project, Blue Seventy, Newton, Speed Cycling, Peak Performance Massage, Pro Physical Therapy, All About Chiropractic. THANK YOU!