I wanted to get my quick reactions to my performance at the 70.3 World Championships out while I’ve had a bit of time to simmer down and reflect, but it’s still fresh in my head. Don’t worry, I will post a FULL race report with Jesseism’s, 80’s songs, and a recap of the Las Vegas shenanigans with ManVan bro Matt Lieto. But for now, here’s what went down, what it means, and how I feel about it.
Swim: 28:28, 36th out of 40 Pros
Decent start even though I felt flat. Was with the pack ~500 meters in, but then had some goggle fogging issues that played a big part in getting dropped. Had to stop and take them off three times to wash them out. Swam in no man’s land the rest of the way and lost ~3.5 minutes. Bad news, not in a happy place.
Bike: 2:25:28, 34th fastest
Wow, I haven’t felt that bad on a bike since never. Legs were on vacation. Rough! At 10 miles, I sat up, cursed at myself, and decided I wasn’t going to finish the race. But I didn’t want to attract attention by turning around and heading back “in the lead,” so thought I’d finish the out & back to see the rest of the course. Eventually, decided to finish the bike with whatever I had, which wasn’t much. Not a happy 2.5 hours.
Run: 1:14:24, 4th fastest
First thing I said to coach Matt was “should I stop?” He said run one lap and we’ll see. I started slowly picking guys off, and so many people were cheering me on like they couldn’t care less about my place that I finally decided I just needed to suck it up and finish this damn race. Still, it wasn’t easy. I had to stop for #2, I cramped a bit. But, I managed to run myself up to somewhat respectable (if lower than desired) place.
Overall: 4:11:54, 17th, Full Results
- Hand’s down my worst swim & bike of the year. Boo-No (opposite of Booyah).
- Finished lower than I expected/was hoping for.
- Experienced about 4 hours of fairly legit unhappiness.
- I saw the course, the race dynamics, and got some valuable experience/perspective for next year.
- Despite feeling pretty terrible for almost the entire race, I freaking finished that mofo, and I got everything out of myself that I could have on the day.
I don’t like excuses – everyone has stuff they’re dealing with before every race – but I was pretty dang sick for the last few weeks. Matt and I knew the stress on my body and lack of training meant that feeling good was a long shot. But, we hoped for the best. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. Even though I was very disappointed during and immediately after the race, I feel much better about it now for these reasons:
- I’m proud of myself for finishing, and giving it my all despite much farther back than I hoped. Any athlete knows that pushing though pain is MUCH harder when the feedback is all negative. I had some ugly downer moments/minutes/hours out there, but I battled through, which is something I need to know how to do when things aren’t going my way.
- I got the experience I wanted out of the race. And, judging by the course, and how the race unfolded, I like my chances of doing well here the next couple of years. The hilly bike and run play to my strengths. With a decent swim and bike, I can finish the ride within striking distance of a solid result.
- I finished 17th in the WORLD. If you had told me at the beginning of this season that I’d be 17th in this race, I would have been pumped! Obviously, the results I had this season, for better and for worse, changed my perspective/expectations. But none the less, this was a great finish in my rookie pro season, even if it was on a sub par day.
Finally, it was SOOO awesome to have people cheering me on during that run. Friends, family, sponsors, fans, people that recognized Jesse/Aviator/Maverick, whatever. So rad! It literally changed my perspective during the race, and is the reason I finished. It reinforced to me the amazing support I have had this year, and how little my actual result matters to 95% of those people. I am so thankful for that support. Thank you for reading my crazy blogs and cheering me on regardless of if I win Wildflower or put up a real stinker. It’s such a valuable asset for me to have, and makes me so excited for the next couple of years. Thank you so much
No final decisions have been made, but I think my body’s been telling me for a few weeks that the season is over. If so, I’m VERY happy with the year. Incredible. A fantastic first year as a pro, with lots of potential for the years to come. Thank you all so much for following!