Eleven 70.3 mile races to discover strengths and weaknesses and to challenge my mind and body.
In Knoxville I raced on a course that suited my strengths of hills and rather than having a time goal, I chased my nearest competition.
Even after 10 half ironman distance races and 9 ironman distance races, I still find myself setting new goals, learning new things and discovering continuous improvement.
Although these things may suit me, they certainly do not necessarily bring "fast" race times.
They require skills, focus, exceptional pacing, mental toughness and good nutrition and the ability to race smart knowing that the one who slows down the least will have the "fastest" time.
When it comes to racing and the desire to be the best athlete you can be on race day, you can chase the competition or you can chase times.
When I started the run, I made my way to the gravel trail which was 1.5 miles of rolling terrain. When I exited the trail, I had 1.5 miles of blazing heat on my body, sucking the energy away from my running legs.
56 mile Bike: 2:33:02 (21.95 mph average)
13.1 mile Run: 1:45.24 (8:03 min/mile)
1st overall amateur female
Karel (half aquabike)
1.2 mile swim: 33:40
56 mile bike: 2:20 (23.78 mph)
2nd overall male aquabike half