I have a rule, I’ve developed a rule over the last at least four years, that I end my triathlon race season by racing on my birthday, or at least as close to it as I can get. A couple years ago it was MiamiMan where I got hit by a car. Last year it was Rev3 Venice Olympic. this year it was the same venue, but the half distance. Bittersweet as I ended my season, and the big blue R of Rev3 becomes Challenge-Family’s red-and-white. (Which is very very VERY exciting.)
The race was the day after my birthday, which meant spending my actual birthday day driving across the state. I got my first birthday present when my girlfriend called to tell me she met her goal of going sub-2 in a half marathon (a PR by like 8 minutes!!) that evening. The next present was far more tangible. And came in the form of a surprise fan on race day…but more on that in a minute.
Come race morning, I slunk into transition maybe 20 minutes before it closed, in my usually fashion. T set up, I [literally] slid into my b70 wettie since I was coated in TRISLIDE, and made way down to the ocean for the first leg. Unbeknownst to me, I had my own personal photographer there to document the race. So, instead of boring you with the conversations the voices in my head screamed at each other as I swam, cycled, and strode my way from start to finish, I’ll let the numbers and her photos tell the tale.
BY THE NUMBERS:
BY THE PICTURES:
And that was how the day went. Breaking that 90-minute barrier and a girl cheering me along the course are pretty solid 26th birthday gifts. So now I focus on the off-season. On form. And recovery. On technique. On exploring things not swim-bike-run. But those too. Goal 1: Master the Flip Turn; I’m happy I don’t have a personal photographer cataloging that train wreck.
I have my 2015 race schedule ready to go, but i’m waiting until my do-nothing-off-seaosn is over to reveal it. Is yours ready? What are your plans next year? A races? Goals? Post them in the comments!!