This was my second year racing in the famous Hy-Vee triathlon. I was really looking forward to returning to Des Moines and seeing what I could put together on race day and also to see some close friends who were doing the Age Group Championship.
The days leading up to the race were pretty easy. My new Scicon triathlon bag arrived the day before I left for the race so packing and unpacking my Speed Concept was simple- all I had to do was take the wheels off and bubble wrap the frame. My mom also was able to come up for the race from Charleston. I love it when she is there because it calms me down a bit. I guess that is a mom thing. Also, my two close friends from Clermont, FL were doing the Age Group race as well so it was really nice to catch up with them and watch them dominate.
My last few races I have felt really flat after a good week of tapering. Therefore, Dave and I decided we would train hard up until the Thursday before the race and then slow down but still keep some intensity on Friday and Saturday. The days before the race I felt pretty achy like I do during hard training. However, race morning I felt pretty peppy and was ready to go.
The race itself was a mixed day for me. The swim was fast and I found myself on the tail end of the front group through 800m and then I fell off the pace. I am upset with myself because I know I am capable of being in the lead group. I stayed positive though and led the second group into transition about :30 back. I went as hard as I could to catch the first group on lap 1 of the 4 lap bike. I am happy that I was successful at moving into 4th position by the start of the 3rd lap. I usually have a hard time getting warmed up on the bike so it was a small victory to overcome that mental struggle of going out hard. I came into T2 in 4th about 1:50 down and that is where I stayed.
Overall, I am happy with getting 4th place in a race of this caliber. I look at the women on the starting line and was amazed at some of the results they have had. It was an honor to be competing with them and hopefully one day I will have some of those top results of my own. My training is going very well here in the Boulder bubble under Dave Scott. I feel like the season is just getting started. I have 3 more 70.3s to go!
Thank you to my family, friends, fans, sponsors, manager and coach for making this result possible. I have a great team around me and I hope to finish the season strong.