|Run out at half way in the swim|
My alarm went off at 4am on race morning and I was immediately greeted to the sounds of thunder, lightning and dumping rain outside. Jarrod has been awoken an hour earlier by the thunder. We ate some breakfast and checked the weather; they said the storms would by through by 5:30am. We did our race prep as usual, but the thunderstorm wasn’t moving. We took the shuttle over to the race site at 5:45am and we waited until they decided that the transition could be opened. We ran for cover in the pro tent and waited for any kind of update, as there was no chance the race was going to happen on time.
The race was first delayed until 7:30am. We set up our bikes and did some warm ups. There was a great deal of discussion regarding safety on the swim and bike course. The town was unsure of the water quality due to the heavy rain and the bike course became impassable due to flooding. Pro liaison Shawna, organized a pro meeting at 8am. Understandably, it was no longer fair to hold one of the Triple Crown races in the conditions. We provided some feedback, but mostly we wanted to know what was going to happen today. Since we could only do the sprint bike course due to the flooding, it was decided that we would do a sprint distance race: race start at 9am. We all felt relieved- we knew we were racing, the pressure of the Triple Crown was off, and we had plenty of time to re-warm up and prepare for the 9am start.
|Apparently I was HUNGRY!|
The women started 1min after the men and we did a 2 loop, 750m swim course with a short run out at the half way point. I had a great swim, exiting not too far behind Lauren Brandon and 30 seconds down on McLarty. I went onto the bike with one priority, staying rubber side down but also biking as hard as I could. The Minneapolis bike course is notoriously bumpy with poor pavement conditions. Now I was concerned about having to negotiate puddles and wet pavement as well; however, the course had dried up nicely and the sun even came out! I caught McLarty around mile 5 on the bike and focused on catching more of the men. I had the fastest woman’s bike split of the day and come off the bike with a 2 minute lead.
|Love winning in my new TriFlare suit!|
I was able to extend my lead on the run with the second fastest run split on the day. Lauren Goss and Daniella Ryf rounded out the podium in 2nd and 3rd place. Amazingly these two have already landed in Colorado as I write this and are racing Boulder Peak 51.50 TOMORROW! Crazy!
With the race being delayed and drug testing, and awards at 12:30pm, my 3:00pm flight was looking close. Luckily, Jarrod had caught a ride back to the hotel after racing himself, packed up our bikes, clothing, gear, etc and met me back at the race course. I rinsed off in the lake, and we went straight to the airport from the race course.
I would like to say thank you to Shawna and the entire race committee who worked tirelessly to ensure our safety and make some form of a triathlon happen today. Though it wasn’t an ideal situation, they did the absolute best they could in the situation and I know I’ll remember this experience for years to come!
I was supposed to head to Europe straight from Minneapolis. Jarrod decided to come home to recover in between races and do a few non-draft races as well. I decided to change my travel plans and stay in Clermont. So bring on the Florida heat! My next race won’t be until the Chicago Triathlon, the 4th race in the Lifetime Series, on August 25. I’ll be spending the next few weeks training hard and getting ready for the fall race season.
Thank you for reading!