Black Diamond Triathlon 70.3

Sorry I’ve waited so long for this post but the race folks told me pictures would be up this week. So far, one extremely awful picture has surfaced from them. So I doctored it and you get a less awful version of the whole reason I waited. Anyways……..

Another Half Iron under my belt, shed 22 minutes off my PR, finishing in 7 hours and 21 minutes.

We went over on Friday, Amber rode with us, she was doing the half marathon.

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We spent Sarurday running around, eating yummy food and going to Ikea. We returned to the hotel early, met up with the Mermaid Twila, and let the kids play. These girls are crazy.

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I was asleep early, able to “sleep in” until 6am, take my time getting around, meet up with Twila in the lobby and we took off! Bill and the girls drove us out to Deep Lake and wished us luck. Twila and I got our body marking done, set about getting our transition areas ready, and met back up with Amber for the pre-race meeting.

Amber had to leave just before our start for her race. Twila and I pulled on our suits and caps and counted down.

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Swim: I wasn’t a fan of the double loop swim… Something about swimming a lap, coming all the way in and starting back over, is mentally very tough. But, made it out of the water, checked my Garmin and had shed 15 full minutes off my Boise time. Hurray!!!

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Transition One: I raced through my transition, pulled off my wetsuit, pulled on my socks and shoes, grabbed my helmet and sunglasses, double checked I had my inhaler and took off!

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Bike: Tough ride. It wasn’t as much incline as Boise but the constant hills were difficult. The course was open to traffic, so dealing with traffic and wet pavement made it much more mentally technical. The weather was nice, it was cool and had rained all morning, so it was ideal temperature. But 56 miles is still a crazy hot, sweaty mess in any temperature. Fueling went as planned.

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Transition Two: Tried to rush, just switched shoes and ditched my helmet. Dropped my inhaler, thankfully Amber was watching and got it to me.

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Run: Still nice and cool. I was feeling pretty decent, my legs a little worn out. But knowing all that’s left is 13.1 miles of rolling hills running is super reassuring. With about 2 miles I left, I caught Twila. We finished the race together.

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Seeing Bill and the girls at the finish line was great. The girls were so excited, it was so sweet.

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Amber had PRd her half marathon. Twila and I each PRd our Half Iron. It was a good day for PRs.

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