Vineman 70.3 – Better Late than Never

Vineman 70.3 – Better Late than Never

A lot has happened in the past few months. After graduating from TCU I began searching for a job. I interviewed some, got rejected some, and then finally got a job. I was thrilled and very grateful to be selected for my ideal job for right now. I am currently working as a wellness specialist in Scottsdale, AZ for Vanguard. On the triathlon side of things it’s been hard to adjust to the working and training lifestyle but I’ve managed. I was not able to race as much as I would have liked the remainder of the summer because I had not accrued any PTO yet. Here is a late post from Vineman 70.3 back on July 10th.

My dad and I drove to northern California for Vineman since he had a place where we could stay for a few days. I sorta regret this because I think being in the car for 14+ hours affected me on race day. Next time I’ll fly.

Race morning was normal as usual. It was not wetsuit legal for the pros so I put on my swim skin and head over to the race start. I had my Kiwami long sleeve suit all the way up so my sleeves were sticking out of my swim skin and Andy Potts came up to me saying I’d get DQ’d for that. However, I had researched that they changed the rule so I figured I was fine. Then, Ben Hoffman came up and he had his sleeves out just like mine and Potts asked him and he said “Oh yeah, they changed the rule as long as the sleeves don’t pass your elbows.” It was kinda funny to me that Potts was telling me, some rookie pro, that I wasn’t following the rules even though he was just unaware it had changed. Eventually Potts ended up wearing his kit normal so the sleeves were on. He ended up winning so maybe that was the difference because it saved him some time in T1 😉

Anyway, I went out super hard on the swim and actually have some video of me leading the race for about 30-45 seconds and then I absolutely faded. I don’t know what happened but then I was on the tail end of the group to the turn around. I lost the group at the turn because we had to get up and run due to the river being so shallow. I wasn’t ready for dolphin diving and it spiked my heart rate a lot.

Rocky Arroyo Photography

Rocky Arroyo Photography

I got out of the water just around 25 minutes a whole minute back from the first person. I grabbed my bike and started up the big hill out of transition. It was such a long run I actually lost my cycling shoe and had to run back and grab it which was embarrassing. I started riding and I got passed by a bunch of fast cyclists right away. I am sick of this and not being able to stick with them. Usually people pass riding 350 watts anyway though. The rest of the ride was really lonely and felt like a headwind the whole way. I didn’t see very many people until I got passed by a couple pro women and realized I was really off my game.

I got off my bike and started the run course and had a good couple miles and then I just fell apart. It was frustrating also because I had some gel stuck to the front of my ankle that kept rubbing my shoe tongue which eventually developed into an abrasive burn. I ended up just finishing up the run not much slower than a normal training run and was pretty disappointed with my day. I think I was a little under fueled going into the race. I didn’t eat as much as I normally do and I think it affected me greatly. All in all it was still fun to race in such a cool area.

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