New Balance 1/2 Iron

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!

Let’s get ready for a little bike ride!

End of the first lap on the bike.

Ahhhh . . . all done!

————— Mike Neill, Me, Steven Hewick —————



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2 Responses to New Balance 1/2 Iron

  1. Derek June 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    Could NOT be more stoked for you if I tried. Mari/Noa/I were jumping up and down when we saw you through the trees about 100m out from the finish.

    You really laid it all out there and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the same team as you!


  2. Donna Anderson June 22, 2010 at 2:46 am #

    All I can say is WAAAAAHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! So proud and happy for you my friend!! I got to watch your win on the news and it was spectacular!! The first of many, the first of many, the first of many!