The race weekend started off with our first long car ride with Sidney that included a 5am diaper blow out at a West Virginia McDonalds... Classy. We made it to Ohio and connected with family who were only 5 min from the race site. It was nice to be around a great support group and race on what was basically my home turf. I knew my body was a bit beat up from my current IM training load, but I was hoping that a few home-cooked meals and bit of sleep would get me to the start line ready to go. The lead up to the race was smooth, but also featured intense thunderstorms, a 2am Sidney pre-race feeding and a power outage that made me worry that the race would be a duathlon or not even happen!
|Race Morning Alarm Clock!|
After about 10 min on the bike, I started to get into a groove and took the lead. As always, my ISM Attack made it as comfortable as possible to sit at 325w knowing I had 2 hours of pain to come. I pushed the pace a bit more than I normally do since I wanted to test myself for the upcoming IM Mt. Tremblant race. I focused on over-fueling and following the nutrition plan that I've developed with Robert from First Endurance. I knew I was in good shape when the 40k went by in just over 55 minutes and was able to smile and wave at my wife and father-in-law as I passed them on the course. Not everything was problem free though as my Garmin unit developed a short of some sort and started madly scrolling every time I hit a bump. With the Ohio roads being somewhat un-smooth, the last 30 miles of my ride were data-less with a constant refrain of bump, beep, beep, beep, beep, bump, beep, beep, beep!
|Smiling at my wife!|
I made it through the bike and knew I had ridden well despite the mishaps and lack of data. I didn't know my split, didn't know my power, and didn't know my gap to the rest of the group . I did know that I felt strong and was ready to run... Until I hit a groove in the sidewalk heading into T2 and sent my bike end over end causing the front wheel to lock up and the chain to come flying off... So as they are announcing "first pro coming in to transition", I'm stumbling and carrying a non-functional bike on my shoulder... perfect... Classy.
I made a quick change in to my run gear and took off. I had to wait until the first turn around to see just how much of a gap I had on the field. To my surprise/relief, I had over a 4 minute lead to the first two chasers and more importantly a 6 minute gap to the stronger runners. The rest of the run was uneventful as I focused on maintaining form and clicking off sub 6:00 miles. Again, I was focusing on fueling for IM and made an effort to keep the FE Liquid Shot coming. By the 2nd loop, I knew I wasn't going to get caught so I relaxed and enjoyed the finish with friends and family.
I'm extremely happy earn my first win of the season in my first Challenge Family race, but I'm even more excited for what it means for my long course training. It's been a long time coming, but I'm going to be 100% focused on the long stuff for the coming years and IM Mt Tremblant is the first step in that journey. Thank you to all the friends and family who came out to the race and to my great sponsors for making it happen.
|No more race photos.. so here's more SID!|