I’ve been looking forward to this race season all winter. In June, I started out with two back to back races. The first race was the Park City Triathlon. Overall it was a pretty solid race for me. I wasn’t able to train the run like I would have liked due to some injuries. However, I was happy with my result based on the amount of running I was able to do prior to this race. I started off the swim going 200 meters off course. I ended up catching the lead swimmer and coming out of the water first with a time of 20 minutes. The bike was a very hilly course and I loved it! I was still in the lead going into the run and I held it half way through the run. Three fast guys passed me about half way through which put me in 4th place for that race.
The following weekend I raced at the Rock Cliff Triathlon. My results were pretty similar to the previous week. The swim was an adventure of it’s own. When we arrived at the race there was floating debris out in the water. So they ended up moving the swim down the lake to avoid the debris. This swim was a two loop swim. I came through the first loop about three minutes ahead of the next person. During the second loop all the debris from before had moved into our swim course and I was having to swim over and under very large logs and a lot of other debris. While I was stuck out in the debris, they changed the course for the remaining athletes swimming behind me. I was able to once again catch the lead swimmer and barely coming out first in the swim. I kept my lead on the bike with a 1:00 bike split. During the run the top three runners passed me and I once again ended up in fourth place.
I learned a few things from these races. I learned that with my shin problems, I can’t handle racing two weeks in a row. Another is that anything is possible in an open water swim! After swimming over and under logs, which seemed like full grown trees, I am ready for anything!
During the month of July I was unable to run more than once or twice a week due to my shin problems. I am now two weeks away from Lake Stevens 70.3. I am planning to approach this race a little more aggressively in the swim and bike as I will most likely have to do a walk/run due to the shins.
This month is a big month for me with the 70.3 but what I am most excited for is my wedding. I will be marrying the girl of my dreams on August 18th. We will then be off to mexico for our honeymoon. For that reason, I will most likely not be racing at the 70.3 World Championships in September. However, I do plan on racing a few more olympic tri’s and my A race this year will be IRONMAN Arizona in November.
For 2012, me and my future wife are planning on racing IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene and I will be racing the full leadman tri in May of 2011.