Augusta 70.3 Race preview

The last month has been a complete blur.  Just over a month ago, I raced IM Louisville.  13 days after that I did my first 50 miler.  Needless to say, I spent a large majority of the last few weeks recovering from these races.  Add to that the patient census has been down at work, forcing to make up my hours that I lost by picking up night shifts (gotta pay the bills somehow… and triathlons are definitely not doing that!).  My routine has been rocked a little with organizing, packing, and moving everything from my house to my fiances to get everything ready to move in after our honeymoon.  I found some sore muscles I didn’t even know I had from all that.  However, I’m very thrilled (and a little surprised) that I feel good going into my last race of the 2013 season.

The starting line will be packed with several 70.3 and 140.6 winners as several people try to get a jump start on some points for next years 70.3 Worlds in a (more) attractive (to me) location, Mont-Tremblant Canada.  One thing I’ve learned this year is to not psych myself and shoot myself in the foot before the race even starts.  You never know what race day will hold.  I feel that this course plays to my strengths.  Long gradual hills to power up on the bike, and long straightaways on the run which will make finding a rhythm and pushing to the finish line more of a mental challenge.

The course is also very similar to that of Raleigh 70.3, where I scored my first podium finish.  I am going to keep that in the back of my mind and know that I’m capable of another surprising performance (mostly to myself).  I’ve also decided to try to push the bike harder than normal for a HIM race.  I don’t know what’s going to happen, but the only way to find out is to give it a try.  I’ve go nothing to loose.  This is the last race of the season and I’m going to give it all I have tomorrow and maybe find that my limits aren’t where I think they are in racing.

No matter what happens tomorrow, this season has been a huge success for me.  I know that when I look back on the season I can see progress being made from last year, and even from the beginning of the season.  As long as I keep making gains, that is a success.  Thanks to everyone that has supported me with words of encouragement, and my sponsors that have helped make this “career” a reality for me.   And also, for everyone that has been so willing to host me this season as I traveled around the nation racing, having a home stay for races is incredibly helpful.

Cya at the starting line…