Even though Oceanside 70.3 is not the 1st race of the season it is the first big race of the season in N America and always very competitive. With over 3400 registered it is a biggie with a deep pro and AG field alike.
The big change this year was a rolling self seeded swim start. Gotta love Ironman for pimping how great this was going to be...safer, calmer and better swim for all. Why is Ironman
As you can tell, not a fan of the rolling start. Last I checked this is a race and thus racing would mean you need to have your competitors starting at the same time. And I also understand not everyone is racing so how do they "appease" the masses...rolling start I suppose. I am curious if you did race, what do you think? Like it ? Love it? Would love to hear.
Have no idea what I am talking about, stop reading this post as it is very triathlon focused.
Swim...lined up early as usual in the cold- at 48 degrees with chilly wind it was a mass of shivering vertical seals. I was thankful to start within the first few minutes and am even more thankful to HUUB who finally make a wetsuit for swimmers. So flexible in the shoulders and armpits it is like swimming in a sleeveless- really! fellow swimmers who hate wetsuits- check this out- LOVE it. And a quick release zipper to boot, not that you saw that in my transition time. The run out of the swim and into transition was easily .3 of a mile, on asphalt, no carpet, thank you Ironman for
|Super proud of Cecily for a solid race|
Onto the bike shivering, shaking and thinking is this going to be St George all over again. Really, how stupid am I ? But there was no storm rolling in and it did warm up. I changed up my nutrition well in advance of the race, the night before, and went with 2 bottles of Glukos liquid and 2x Glukos bars. Added water at each aid station for a total of 115 oz fluid in 2:45:42. Successfully peed 3 times on the bike- lots of fluids and cold temp... I was definitely hydrated. Anyone want to steal my bike now? Or borrow my shoes? In 8 years of this race I always ride 2:41-2:48 except for the first year on my road bike the clip on aero bars and the year I was still learning... so right in the middle. Loved the bike- felt great, had a ton of fun and the last 10 miles were spot on with power and my energy was good! I was loving racing, which is not always the case. My PSA for this last 10 miles....I saw at least 5 people riding on $8000+ bikes with race wheel and an aero helmet sitting upright? All the money "invested" lost by not taking advantage of riding aero.
Onto the run, after the million mile transition, with what I call an aggressive
With the accurate data,
With 6 of my teammates racing in our badass Betty Design kits there was a lot of pink on the course. We asked for visible kits and we got the for sure. Thank you Kristin Mayer for the exceptional design! It was great to see so many friends and competitors on the course as well and my athlete too. A coaches dream is racing along side someone you coach.
So it was a literal win for me- winning the AG and finally, finally running well again. Not my best but I am back in the zip code of respectable running with a 1:45:55. And a bigger breakthrough is that I was able to pee while running...TMI for the non triathlete crowd (who will quit reading now if you did not at the earlier warning) but that was epic! Don't lose a second! Hey wanna borrow my running shoes?
I am still a bit over the moon and sad the day is over.... we ate and drank the night of the race and it was a blast.... I was stiff and sore but feeling ready to get after it again now.
Thank you John for still being my #1 fan and for being all over the race course as usual! Mike for the coaching, guidance and friendship. Skip and Nytro for keeping this amazing team. Digging my new Smith Podium TT helmet - cannot say it looks cool but it feels light and no headache (which I usually get).
On we go to Ironman Boulder with a stop in Santa Rosa for another 70.3,