Seemingly Random Musings through Training, Racing, & Life
USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Nationals lived up to the hype last weekend, and showed how the event is the breakout event for a lot of soon-to-be pro triathletes. As soon as you pulled into Tuscaloosa, you could feel the energy in the air, and everywhere you looked were triathletes running, cycling, or with their wetsuits half on heading into or out of the river. That energy led to 1:54:xx top male time, and the top female wasn’t far behind with a 2:06:xx. I got a chance to race the event by snagging one of the few slots left in the open division a week and a half out. I would have traveled to the event to coach the Georgia Tech Triathlon Team anyway, so this worked out well. As the first real race of the season, I surprised myself with a PR, even with a 2:00 penalty for overtaking…I’m pretty sure it was uphill and I coasted to give the 3 bikes length, but no use in complaining about it now. What I did learn was that PowerGels go down smooth and keep me at threshold with a clear head and happy gut for 2:21, and that I’m still working toward earning my gills. The GT team had a solid day all around too, with top 25 OA, 3rd place open female, and a good number of PRs all around. Everyone was in good spirits all weekend, and the team starts gaining points towards next year’s Collegiate Nationals at Rev3 Knoxville next weekend. I’m going to try a different format and post the race in parts in pictures, so enjoy!