Boulder 70.3 was another opportunity to race at home and put my best foot forward. Despite Boulder 70.3 prize money and points being reduced from what it has been in the past, it was certainly still a very competitive field. We arrived at the race site very early wanting to avoid traffic and turns out that was a very smart call because the race was delayed for the pros by 15min because traffic was backed up for miles. The age group athletes were delayed by even more. With 2700 competitors and one access road to the Boulder Res it was bound to be a bottle neck at some point.
We started at 7:20am; I had a great start and I was quickly leading the swim. I knew that swimming hard was going to important to my race; I was pretty sure I didn’t have anyone on my feet and knew this was my opportunity to try and get clear of the race favorite Jeanni Seymour. I exited the water with about a 1min lead on the chase group.
I got on my bike and felt good immediately. I was hitting my watts and moving really well, as I went through 20 miles I got a split that I was in the lead by 2min. This got me excited and I kept pushing hard. After this point in the race, the splits were all over the place so I just stopped listening and focused on myself. I entered T2 with about a 90 second lead; I knew it was going to be very difficult to hold off Jeanni. I had absolutely no idea where the rest of the field was. I made it my goal to get through mile 6 with the lead; a lofty goal knowing Jeanni has been consistently running 1:20 off the bike.
I started the run and focused on settling into a strong and steady pace. Just before mile 4 Jeanni caught me, I wished her well and did my best to keep in touch with her. In the days leading into the race I had been doing some metabolic testing to help me determining how many calories I need to be eating. Long story short, I’m STILL figuring out the right way to get these calories in. I’ve struggled with race day nutrition my entire racing career and it’s really held me back from having the type of result I know I’m capable of over this distance. As much as you test something in training, nothing simulates racing like racing. This race I got very close to getting it right but I fell short on the run and this caused my pace to fall off in the final 6 miles. It wasn’t a massive implosion; my energy just slowly fizzled out. In the final 2 miles my friend Lesley Smith came storming by me, and I fell into 3rd place. I crossed the line with a mixture of emotions, but I was mostly happy to be on the podium and put together a solid day of racing.
Upon reflection of my race, I can see that I nailed my swim and the bike was close to being really great- I just have a few more tweaks to make to my nutrition so that I can truly nail a complete half iron distance race by running a great half marathon. My training has been going so smoothly, and most importantly I’m happy and healthy. I’ve got 4 weeks to get things dialed before 70.3 World Championships. I’m really looking forward to racing at home and for the women to have their own day of racing. These last four months have absolutely flown by and I can’t believe it’s already time to start thinking about packing up and heading back to Florida! It's been a fantastic summer of training with the Apex crew and I'm looking forward to a few more weeks of work before heading to Chatanooga. Untill then, thanks for reading!!