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Points, World’s, and NYC Tri, Oh My!

Heyo all you traveling around the country racing like a chicken with your head cut off Crazy Ass Fans!

Sorry for the long delay in updates, but life has been truly Crazy Ass the last couple months. For the few of you who don’t stalk every single one of my social media posts and sit outside my house listening to my phone conversations with my mom, here’s a quick recap of what’s been going down.

A Race for Points

After a second surgery, a surprising Wildflower 4-Peat, a shoulder injury, and a wrong turn, I was forced to to race 4 half Ironman’s in 5 weeks to give me the best chance at qualifying for 70.3 Worlds.

  1. Eagleman 70.3 – missed turn, rode extra 11 miles, crowned myself the Eagleman 81.3 Champion, received basically zero points.
  2. Mont Tremblant 70.3 – A big win on the World’s course in a new course record. Awesome day.
  3. Buffalo Springs 70.3 – 7 days later, I hang on for 3rd place in crazy heat and literally smoke myself.
  4. Vineman 70.3 – I have a great swim, and then the wheels fall off big time on the bike and run. Clearly, I’m a little banged up, and very tired. So tired, I don’t write a race report for it. I manage to finish 6th place and get some much needed points.

It Worked, I Qualified for World’s

I’m happy to say that I received my 70.3 Worlds slot from Ironman this week! So, in short, while it wasn’t the best, or easiest, or least costly way to do it, it worked. More about that later.

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I’m in!

I Also Raced NYC Triathlon

As part of my partnership with Accenture, I raced an Olympic distance race in NY this weekend. I’ll save you the long report and say this:

  • I had a good swim – a HEAVILY current-assisted 11:29 “1500m,” coming out with the 2nd group.
  • A cautious bike with the group – my tired flatted at 15 miles and I rode it in.
  • A hard effort on the run, but just didn’t have the speed (or energy, honestly) to compete with the short course guys.
  • Overall – I finished 5th – a decent effort given how tired I was, but hardly a miraculous day. I’ll take it.
  • Bottom line – I had a blast with Accenture and the Challenged Athletes Foundation - who raise money to support physically challenged athletes and enable them to compete around the world - got to hang out with a bunch of great people and even hand out awards to some amazing athletes. Definitely worth the trip. Also, huge thanks to Walton family for the generous hospitality!

The Points Chase Had It’s Cost

I’ll be honest, I’m feeling a little banged up from all the racing. My right foot (surgery) has held up surprisingly well, but I have a sciatic nerve problem on the bike which causes my left foot to go numb after time in the aero position – if anyone has experienced this and knows some good remedies, please feel free to share. I’ve got the guys at Rebound & Maximum Mobility helping me and I’m confident we can knock it out, but any info/experience always helps as well.

I’m also obviously pretty tired. That was A LOT of travel and racing. That’s not my thing. I naturally approach each of my races with excitement, emotion, and mental focus. With that much racing in a row, I just couldn’t hold on to it. I got tired physically and mentally. Racing felt, for the first time, like a job. And it had an obvious effect on my last few races. I’m definitely not in the health or energy state I wanted to be going into my final prep for World’s.

All I Can Do is Do What I Can Do

But, no season turns out exactly the way you want it to. Mine obviously got derailed a bunch of times and I was forced to scramble to try to make it work, to try to achieve my goal. So now I’m a little banged up, and a little less confident than I’d like to be. Well, I can’t control those things that happened. All I can do is do what I can do. I’ve got 5 weeks. That’s it. No travel, no racing, no outside commitments. I’m going to be head down at home in Bend training, resting, and physical theraping my ass off. My confidence isn’t where I want it to be, but I still believe I can have a great race at Mont Tremblant on September 7th. I’ll do everything I can in my control to give me the best shot possible. And if I do that, I’ll have to be happy regardless of the outcome.

Thanks, A Lot

It’s been an awesome journey on this “comeback” season. Thank you all so much for following along and the support you’ve given me. I really appreciate, it honestly makes all the difference. And of course a huge thank you to my sponsors who’ve made the pursuit of this goal possible – Pearl Izumi, Specialized, ROKA, Red Bull, Picky Bars, Accenture, Rolf Prima, Power Tap, Jaybird, Strava and Rebound Physical Therapy.

I probably won’t check in on the blog for a while – I’ve got work to do! So if you want to follow my prep be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Strava. Thanks again, I leave you with the greatest video of all time!