It’s been a few years that I have really been putting in some solid, consistent work but I have found that all of my work and fitness have not shown up on race day. I was great at ‘training’ but was not a ‘racer’. Everyone reading this can relate- you just feel like you could have done something better, or avoided doing something wrong, etc. It seemed like every time I was starting to feel ‘fit’ and was getting ready to race; something happened or I had to travel for a couple of weeks for work or something else which just threw me off. I was in my own head and making a mess of it. This year, I had a few solid results sprinkled around the year that made me feel like I was on the right track(1:56 in an Olympic distance race, 1:14 half marathon) but I never really felt like I have had a ‘great performance’ that was indicative of my ability.
Fast forward to August/September and my training was really starting to click. I even skipped over 70.3 Worlds because my training was going so well and I really wanted to build on what I was doing…I was dropping weight, power numbers were going up and mile times were going down. I told my wife and my coach that I felt stronger now than I have felt in a really long time. With that said, I did not have any races on the calendar and had the ‘itch’ to validate what I was feeling with a solid result. So, two weeks ago, I decided to race SOMA Half Iron Distance Triathlon. My coach(mike doane), and I decided that we would try something new and train through the event. This past week, I got a bit nervous when I saw we had about 30 hours of work in before the race with some pretty serious efforts all the way up to Friday. On top of that, work really started to SLAM me. Instead of getting stressed out and worried, I said to myself- “Just relax, have fun and see what happens: enjoy trying something new”. It really helped that I travelled to the race with 2 of my swim buddies who were doing their first half distance triathlon. Being able to share in their experience with them helped calm me down(they were nervous enough) and more importantly, it really made me thankful and appreciative of the entire experience. Here’s a shot of us at the finish:
Final result(Roughly): 4:06 -
28(swim) / 2:13(bike) / 1:22(run)
Which gave me 3rd Overall / 1st Overall Amateur and SUCH A FUN DAY!
It was really great to have people to compete with on the bike/run as I caught the pro’s pretty early on. It is a completely different race when you have people to race with as I am always used to being by myself all day. Mixing it up, throwing ‘punches’ at each other, surging, etc… it really made racing fun.
Thank you to my wife who puts up with my OCD behavior on a daily basis, my daughter who sacrifices without even knowing it, my friends, family and sponsors who make all of this possible. I think there is some more “validation” to come in the next few weeks, stay tuned J
One last thing- most people get nice finisher photo’s they can hang on their wall. Me, I get a shot of me doing the frantic search for a place to throw up… gotta love triathlon!