What a summer it has been! Wow, the natural place to start is definitely going to be that I married the woman of my dreams on June 7th. It was an amazing day, filled with quite the drama as wildfire forced us to evacuate our wedding site and move the reception to a public park in Bend. I really liked the way that CNN told the story: http://outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/09/oregon-couples-wedding-shot-includes-approaching-wildfire/ With that aside, we've had an amazing summer being married and have quickly settled into a hectic schedule of travel, family, work, and plenty of training. I knew that this season would be different because of the wedding being in June, followed by our (amazing) honeymoon in Mexico. However, I was determined to get out and compete and to represent Hammer Nutrition, Team 10 Barrel, and our team sponsors Picky Bars, Hydro Flask, Wattie Ink, and of course 10 Barrel Brewing. I kicked the season off at the Deschutes Dash Olympic Triathlon in Bend. I was excited about this for a few reasons, primarily because it's my first time doing a race for the 2nd time so I was eager to compare my fitness to last year - plus, I LOVE being in Bend. Here it goes:
The Swim - 1300m (14:43 - :52/100y)
Right before the race I convinced my wife that I absolutely needed the new Zoot Prophet wetsuit, and wow am I glad we made the purchase. My swim training was almost non-existent for the 3 months leading up to the wedding, so I didn't know what to expect since I'd only had about 5 weeks of consistent training. Right off the bat I pushed the pace on the swim, and I think I came out of the water in 5th position which felt really good. I cut-off just over a minute from last year which I am STOKED on. More importantly, it feels really good to be competitive in the swim.
The Bike - 25.5 miles (1:14:54 - 20.3mph)
I was nervous about the bike on this course. The first half is a climb up Century Drive towards Mt. Bachelor (~1900 ft gain), followed by a screaming fast descent back into Bend. Last year the bike is where I really lost position at this race, and I was really focused on trying to at least maintain position during the tough segment. I got passed right away by 2 people, and a 3rd a little ways later. I did catch 2 separate dudes on the climb out - so I was excited to be up front coming off the bike. I was 3 minutes faster than last year, not quite as big of a gain as I'd hoped for, but I'm pleased with this.
The Run - 6.2 miles (39:26 - 6:22/mi)
The official results didn't capture my T1 time, so this is the split that my watch gave me for the run. The run has been my strength, but I hadn't had much time training the Bike to Run (Brick) strength leading into this race. Right away I reeled two guys in, and worked my butt off to catch a third around mile 5. The race was dry and rolling hills, but I was very pleased to cut off almost 3 minutes from last years race.
Final result: 2:12:30 - 6th OA - 2nd M25-29
My swim has gotten stronger, my bike has gotten stronger, and the focus on my bike has actually (seemed) to help my run strength. I need to put some emphasis on my transitions, this is the one place where I consistently lose time (those seconds count, too!). This result is a true testament to consistency. I had a broken 3 months or so of training leading up to the wedding, but despite that lack of regimented training, 8 minutes faster than last year!
Again, thank you to Hammer Nutrition, 10 Barrel Brewing, Picky Bars, Hydro Flask, and Wattie Ink for the support! The taper has begun for my 2nd 70.3, and I'm excited to see what I can do after this result and a few great weeks of training. Next up: Lake Stevens 70.3.