Saturday, October 26, 2013

2013 Tri Season Recap

Well, this might be a bit overdue, but here's a recap on my season this year. I saw a lot of improvement over the year, specifically with biking and staying relatively injury free. I also PODIUM'D EVERY RACE (humble brag). Yup, every single one, even the pure running races (although they were small). That was not expected....

Kansas 5150: My first ever DNS (did not start) in triathlon... This was the last race with the ol' Cannondale, and due to wet conditions (I camped that night at Clinton Lake during a Tornado Warning), I bagged the race and attended my sister's graduation later that day. What a great brother!

One of the final rides with the Cannonale

Being a good brother... but bummed.

Topeka Tinman (Short Course:  My first race on my new Cervelo P2, and it did not disappoint. I averaged 3.5 mph faster this year than last on the same course. That was a difference of 7 minutes on the bike segment alone! The run was tough, but I held on for my FIRST AGE GROUP WIN!



First time finishing first! I beat the spectators...

Shawnee Mission Triathlon (Short Course): This was the 3rd year in a row I've done this race. I've taken 2nd both previous times, and was shooting for the win this time! I had a terrible race (run specifically), but was lucky enough to take 3rd place in my AG! And Rach did her first triathlon!!!

Nerding it up

Rach is now a triathlete!

Lawrence Triathlon (Short):  After Shawnee Mission, I was ready for a good race with a hard effort. The course was flat, conditions were perfect, and I hammered on the bike. Big time. I had the second fastest bike split at 22.6mph, and took 4th overall. AND I MISSED 3RD PLACE BY ONE SECOND! OOOOOONE SECOND!!! But happy with the AG win!

Heading out on the bike
Finishing strong

Jackson County Triathlon (Long Course):  After a solid month of training, I was ready for my longest race of the year! A pseudo-olympic distance race. I had a decent swim, awesome bike (23.5mph average for 24 miles...), and an awesome run (6:58/mi for the 5 mile run). I couldn't get the AG win, but was happy with 2nd place.

swim exit


Midwest Meltdown (Long Course):  One week later, I finished my triathlon season in Paola KS on the pancake flat course at Miola Lake. I traveled all week and was feeling a bit fatigued from it. My legs never opened up, and didn't have the best race I was capable of, but still hung on for 2nd in my age group.



I'm starting to plan for 2014, and will be branching back into the half ironman distance! IMKS, I'm getting my revenge soon!


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