As per usual after a race I woke in the early hours of the morning (just after 3am this time) and couldn’t fall back to sleep. So I lay there and breathed deep from my belly as I reflected on yesterdays New Balance 1/2 Iron Triathlon. During these post race early morning reflections I have experienced many emotions – happiness, sadness, confusion, and frustration; but, today I think I experienced elation for the first time. As I lay there I couldn’t help but smile since yesterday I experienced something new – winning a triathlon.
The day started off well with a good swim in which I positioned myself where I knew I needed to be. I followed the swim up with a solid bike ride in which I also stuck to the race plan. My competition made a move about 30km into the first loop of the bike and slowly moved out of my sight after that. I knew the only thing I had control over (as always in this sport) is my effort and what I can do at any given moment. So I re-focused and pedaled a little harder. I came off the bike about 2 minutes away from the leader. Again I knew the only thing I could do was focus on the moment and do my own thing which was run as fast as I could. I set out at 3:30-3:35/km pace and was confident that if I held that pace I would move my way into first position by the end of the 20km run. With about 5km to go I took over the lead and focused hard on maintaining a good turnover and fast pace.
Getting to experience going down the finishing chute as the race winner was an amazing feeling, I have been longing to know what that feels like. Now that I know how that tastes, I am hungry for more!
Congratulations to everyone that participated on Sunday. And a shout out to Mike for making the race hard for both of us.
Please enjoy the pics below. Compliments of my favorite spectator – my wife!