There will be a long version of this! First of all, I did it. There were some incredible challenges this weekend out of my control and in the end I embraced what I was given. The race is supposed to be a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. The swim, due to conditions that prevented the navy dive team from getting into position, was cancelled. It was the first time in 16 years of this particular Ironman that that has happened. People walked away from this race. I have an acquaintance who did that. Packed up their bikes and left.
This past weekend was one of the two A+ races I had on my calendar this fall. Its crazy to think about this but I haven’t had a race I really cared about like this since February. The big one, still to come, is of course Ironman Florida but Ironman Augusta 70.3 has long been in my sights. Last summer when I first heard about this race, I decided then that I had to do this half-Ironman race. I’ve had my heart set on this race for over a year and I can happily say that it did not dissapoint in any way.
Yesterday I my first Olympic Triathlon since TriRock last November. I have been looking forward to this race for months because my training has been excellent all year. I’ll get the good out of the way because there was some good here. First of all, Melanie came up and was my cheering squad. Its always great to have someone cheering you on and even better in this race for a few reasons, one of which being that it was a quiet crowd and the other that I had a really rough day. The course was also one of the nicest I’ve ever raced on for any type of race, running or triathlon. Very shady the whole time. Very scenic. I also lucked out with the swim being as good as you could hope for in the ocean. Very flat and comfortable water water.
March 22nd was my first “big” race of the year. No more playing now. I signed up for the a 70.3 (half Ironman) race that takes place in Clermont, FL. There are a few names this race goes by. One name is the Florida Challenge Triathlon. There is a much more accurate name though – The Intimidator.
One of my favorite places to run is Clearwater Beach by Pier 60 for a variety of reasons. Its beautiful there. We have a nice 13 mile loop that we run frequently. It lets us do an open water swim right after we run which is a great way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. And then there’s the part that people probably don’t usually like other than us crazy people – the bridges. There are some truely massive bridges on the route as well as some gently rolling terrain on the back half of our 13 mile loop. Running that route has seriously strenghtened my running. Because I love the area so much, I’ve done 2 of my last 3 races there. This past weekend was the Clearwater Running & Fitness festival. I signed up for the half marathon (which they call a Halfathon) and as my parents were in town, I got my mom to sign up for the 5k fitness walk. My friends were all doing anything from the half to the full.