Coming into the year, I had just finished my first off-season of training full time and was incredibly optimistic about racing. For the previous 4 years, I sounded like a broken record of 'all I need is a bit more time to focus/rest/train and I can be great'. It was time to live up to those words and I was in good enough shape to make good on them heading into my first race at Rev3 Costa Rica. Of course, I go and get injured on the first race and don't even get to have a single positive result. I follow that up with my first ever DNF in Miami and I can honestly say the following 3 months were some of the hardest of my triathlon career. Sitting on the sidelines, doing rehab, watching the races go by knowing that I could, or perhaps should, be competing for the top spots was as agonizing as the injury itself. Knowing that I'd been billing this as my breakout year, I felt like a bit of a failure.
Fast forward through most of the summer and I had a huge PT bill, a lot of great support, and the patience of a monk. The one thing I didn't have was fitness or speed. I kept having to push back my first race past my initial goal of Rev3 Quassy to Rev3 Portland to finally Giant Eagle 5150 at the end of July. It was a test race to see how my body would hold up and I was more relieved than anything to pull of a decent 4th place result with minimal pain (well, except for a nasty freezer burn from icing afterwards that has left a 3 inch scar on my butt... goodbye nude modeling...). I put all of my focus into preparing for the ironman distance race at Rev3 Cedar Point. Ofter just a month's time, I pushed myself as hard as I could and constantly worried about re-injury. I made the start line in one piece, healthy, and happy.
|Running pre blow-up|
|How slow can I run and still win?|
|Sorry Ashley, had to post this. Love it!|
Thank you to anyone reading this who has supported me throughout the crazy year. I know that I'm never racing alone! Thank you to my great sponsors: First Endurance, BlueSeventy, 3Sports, The Sport Factory, Utopian Coffee, and ISM saddles. I'm lucky enough to use some of the best stuff in the business and encourage you to check them out. Finally, I was able to put a bit of money toward the Blazeman Foundation from my winnings this year but it's never enough. Make a holiday donation to the cause and make a difference.
See you next year!