This was the toughest race ever. First of all - the week leading up to this race was awesome - but not really 'taper friendly'. I had a major work function Weds-Saturday that was located in a beautiful resort in Orlando. Now I don't know about you - but in my line of work, conventions = heels and booze. I was good, but my feet STILL hurt. At least I looked good!
This was my first solo race. Not the best decision saying that:
#1 It is a 70.3
#2 Six hour drive home
#3 It was hotter then HELL. Seriously. My mojo melted.
I got to the race site on Sunday morning and set everything up. Met a few other awesome local racers and chatted it up. A few of the ladies are getting ready for IMKY - so they wanted to heat training.
The swim was in a lake that was around 84 degrees. This was a small race, so all of the ladies took off at once. I just stroked along - and for the most part I was all alone. Which was kind of weird.
Total Time: 37:47 (1st in AG)
I knew this bike would be challenging, but I was ready for it. This is a new course for me and I was looking forward to the climbs. We rode through several orange groves, tree farms, and some more wonderful scenery. About 15 miles into the ride, Heather Golnick flew past me, which was pretty awesome. But the hills where challenging and I really enjoyed it. The odd thing was - that I was alone almost the whole ride. Seriously. I would get passed by a guy every now and then, but that was it. There where a few times were I actually thought I was off the course. Awesome. Solo race - I could have ridden to Miami and no one would have known.
But remember that HUGE hill? Sugar Loaf Mtn? On the course I saw several local roadies and they would cheer me on. And after rocking up one major hill - a guy yelled 'congrats for climbing the mtn!'. HOLY SHIT! I did not even realize that was the dreaded hill. So I guess riding with my guys really paid off.
Total Time: 3:17 (17mph) 1st in AG
This is where reality set it. It was about 96ish degrees out - there was little to no shade and crap aide stations (sorry -but they should have ice and stuff ready for you) It was a two loop course. And I knew that if I was going to make the six hour drive home alive, I needed to make a decision. So at mile seven - I dropped out. Ugh.
BUT I did have the best cheering crowd at the end:
Words of wisdom. Don't to solo races that are far away from your house unless you plan on staying an extra night!
Congrats to everyone else who raced this weekend!
Big give-a-way soon!! Stay tuned!