The 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas was amazing. This was my first year as a pro to qualify, and it was my first time to race the course. As usual, Ironman did a fantastic job organizing the event, and the volunteers did a great job making the day go very smoothly.
Before I get into describing my race, I want to congratulate all the athletes who were there for having a great year racing Ironman 70.3’s and getting to the top! This is the race we all aim to qualify for and congratulations on making it!
I was not sure what to expect with this being my first year racing professionally at this level, so I was both excited and nervous at the same time. But, I knew that my training was there and that my coach had me prepared for it. Finishing 17th and having the 6th fastest run was more than acceptable for my first time there.
On race morning the water was warm and I liked that, so no wetsuits. The course was an out and back and the swim was a bit bunched up. This wasn’t really a problem though. I ended up 11th out of the water.
When we got on our bikes it was raining. This was both good and bad. The rain kept us cool, but it sure made the course slick, so I was a little more cautious then I might normally be. Make sure you have your bike checked out thoroughly after shipping and before racing! My bike needed some adjustments that might have caused problems during the race. The Zipp Team fixed me up though! I was 24th off the bike.
I am always excited to get off the bike and onto the run. This is where I can make up some time and start passing some of the other athletes, although I must say it’s harder to do in a 70.3 then it is in a full Ironman. Everyone is all out on the run, as you can imagine. I seemed to hit the wall with the feeling of my legs running out of ATP at about the 11 mile marker, which I have not had happen in the past. So I was praying hard the last mile with my focus on each step.
I finished with a 4:45 and ended up in 17th place! It was a great day for all of us at the 2013 70.3 Ironman World Championship. Again, congratulations to all of you who qualified and participated! It was fun and an honor to race with each of you. I am off to Hawaii in October…and loving the journey.