Wow! I just finished up a whirlwind trip to Galveston to race Ironman Texas 70.3. This is a great race and only four and half hours down the road from San Antonio. I had a ton of friends there which made it feel like a home town race! So first I want to thank all my peeps for cheering like crazy while I was out there, you make these races fly by whether or not I’m flying by ;)
As I ran through transition I took too much time and missed the pack heading out on the bike. Note to self: practice transitions and include different variables! No worries, I hopped on my Guru (bike), settled into a rhythm, and started plowing away. About 2 miles in a guy rode up on me, He went by quick and I decided to let him go, checking my watts on my power meter he was pushing harder than I wanted to play that early on in the race. Another mile down the road I made my first pass and was feeling pretty good. That’s basically how it went for the bike leg. I’d ride about 5-10 miles and a rider would go by and a few miles later I’d pass someone. At the start of the run at San Juan my legs were fried, so I planned to take it a little easier the back half of the bike to allow myself to feel a little fresher at the start of the run. I finished the bike in 2:13:43 averaging a little over 25 miles per hour.
Once in T2, I slipped on my shoes grabbed a couple of cliff shots, and was out on the run. My legs didn’t feel fresh but were in much better shape than the start of run at San Juan. The plan was to go out conservative the first 3 miles and then drop the pace to about 5:45-50 after the first couple miles. The first four miles went as planned; I hovered right around the 6:00 per mile pace and was feeling solid. By about mile 5 my pace had dropped 30 seconds but the effort felt the same. I just didn’t have the conditioning in my legs yet. I spent the rest of the run fueling and just trying not to fall apart. I managed to hold it together and crossed the finish line in 17th place. I ran a 1:23:19 averaging 6:19 miles, a ways off my sub 1:20 goal but much improved from San Juan. Overall time was 4:06:47 and new half Ironman PR for me!
Reflecting back on the race I’m very happy with the result. It was far from perfect but was definitely a step in the right direction. The season is just beginning and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead. Next up is Ironman New Orleans 70.3 on April 21st. I’ve got two weeks to work out a few more kinks and look forward to performing in the Big Easy!