I am not one for excuses. I am not one to just drop out of a race. I traveled to CA with a bad cold, cough, and barely a voice with the hope (and encouragement of everyone) that it would somehow be gone by race day (Saturday). I had my doubts and was unable to do any real training the entire week before the race...and I mean I seriously couldn't breath. I couldn't run for more than a mile, couldn't swim more than a 200 easy at a time, and could ride, but slowly. I'm all for rest before a race, so this didn't drag on me too bad, but it was more the concern that how would I race if I couldn't push at all?
So I went out to Wildflower. Sick. Coughing all night each night I was there. I woke up race morning feeling my worst yet and was thinking I shouldn't race...what would be the point anyway? I messaged with coach Cliff and talked with Mark and decided that it would be a good learning experience for me to try to go out easy and treat it more like a training day than a race. This seems good, in theory, but I am a racer. Even if I'm not in the mood, when the gun goes off I somehow a magically in race mode and will go hard, as hard as I can 'till the finish.
|Swim Start - from the top of the hill you have to run up to get to transition!|
|Transition- All set up and 'ready' to race|
|Friday morning CEC Team swim! Heather, me and Chris Bagg|
|Possibly my first time using rubber bands on my shoes...so pro :)|
|Top of 'Nasty Grade'...this picture doesn't even do it's nastiness justice.|
|Top of a climb on the bike course- probably one of best views of the entire ride.|
|Didn't get to use this stuff!!! Bummer.|
|Kids Race on Friday- so fun to watch!!|
- HUGE THANKS to: Our Timex team manager Tristan for getting me wheels, gear, and all of my last minute requests, Endurance House (again) for the support, Tri-Bike Transport for making travel SO easy without lugging my bike around, Coach Cliff English for getting me into shape and race ready, my awesome boyfriend Mark for the pre-race pep talk and just everything :)....Also sponsors for my killer gear: QR, Shimano -love the Di2!!!, Powerbar, and Rudy Project.
-Wildflower is awesome, I'm going back next year! They treat their pro's so well and make you feel like a real VIP. It is a bit of a pain for travel, but the venue, people, and vibe is what I wish every race had. It was fun to see friends and teammates....to catch up and see some of them do so well :)
Thanks for reading. Stay healthy.
|Just the standard view from the road heading to Oak Shores (where I was staying this weekend).|
|Relaxing at Oak Shores after the race|