Matt and I just returned to Boston after a great 2 week trip to Southern California. We spent a week and a half in San Diego, getting in some solid training in the amazing weather. We then went up to Oceanside, where we kicked off race season at Ironman 70.3 California.
Ironman #1 is done – and what an amazing experience! I’m just barely coming of the high I felt post-race. I now understand what everyone has been telling me, describing to me – the ups and downs, the wide range of emotions, and how tough those last 90 minutes were going to be!
I’m sitting here, on the eve of my first Ironman, in my Normatec boots (aka my space pajamas, as my BIL would call them), and figured I owe you guys an update! After spending much of 2014 prepping for Ironman Chattanooga, it is finally here.
The 2014 edition of the Musselman Half, my first time at this race, was one to be remembered! Here are my top 5 memorable moments from the day.
I had a really awesome trip to St. George. St. George 70.3 is one to put on your race bucket list – a really tough but stunningly beautiful course. The swim is in a (usually) calm and clean lake, and the bike and run have incredible mountain and desert views. But, it is hilly, hot, and can be windy. This course is no joke! Pat, Doug, and I also got to stay… Read More
I kicked off the 2014 season with Ironman 70.3 Texas, held in Galveston. I did this race last year, and was happy to see it was a QT2 key race again this year. Last year it was my first race with QT2, where I got to meet a ton of my new teammates. This year, the race also had some significance – it was my first race competing as a Pro!
All my training and racing for 2013 was basically a build-up to the 70.3 World Championships, held in Las Vegas. I first qualified last year, finishing 1st AG at the Timberman 70.3, but I declined my spot. At the time, I didn’t really know where I was going with triathlon, and having just finished my first 70.3 – it was a bit overwhelming to have to make the decision to race… Read More
Last weekend, I got a chance to race an Olympic distance triathlon (0.9 mile swim, 26.2 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run). I’ve only done one Olympic, as my second triathlon last year. All of my races this year have been sprints or 70.3’s, so I was excited to take a crack at the Olympic.
When I saw the Boulder 70.3 listed as one of QT2 key team events this year, I knew it was one I wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to visit Colorado, and I even have family out there that I haven’t seen since they moved out from the East Coast years ago. Luckily, it fit well into my race schedule, about 6 weeks out from 70.3 World Champs, so I registered for… Read More
This race was my first triathlon of the year, and my first trip to the state of Texas. It was also one of QT2’s key team races for the year, so we had over 30 athletes racing!