The past week has felt like a whirlwind! It’s only been a few days since the Boulder 5150, but it feels like it was an eternity ago…
Last weekend started like any other race weekend, except the cool thing is that I didn’t have to travel! I love doing the hometown races. I love the feel of racing in my backyard, with so many people that I know cheering and supporting! And believe it or not, I love Olympic distance races. I don’t do them as often because my swim is just not competitive. However, I figured that I had nothing to lose. I didn’t have to book a flight, travel with a bike box, or settle into a hotel. Plus I wanted a to do one more fun race while I was still 39. Monday, the day after the race, was my 40th birthday. I wanted to stay home and celebrate.
Michael surprised me on Friday by flying my BFF and my sister in town. My brother came up to Boulder from Colorado Springs with his new girlfriend and my college friend, Laura. My husband really is the best…LOVE HIM!!!!
With my family and friends in town, a few times I contemplated whether or not I should even race, as I just wanted to hang out with everyone.
I don’t think I was ever really that serious about not racing though…
I knew that I had gone into Buffalo Springs 70.3 a little unrested and I wanted to race really hard to see where my fitness was. I wanted to see if the training I was doing was working. There was really no excuse for me to not race. The Boulder fires had subsided and the heat had subsided. It was time for me to see if all of the hard work that I had put in was paying off!
I went into the race feeling confident and very happy. I wasn’t nervous, but I was excited. I wish I felt this time every time that I raced! Barry Siff announced my name, while we were lining up for the swim start, as a previous race winner. Usually when I hear my name , I get the chills and get very nervous. This time I announced to all the girls that they should all take notes…LOL. What the hell was I saying out there??? Who am I? LOL! I guess I was thinking to myself that I was the old lady out there with absolutely nothing to prove…
The swim was a non wetsuit. I was actually surprised by this as we were told that the water temperature was 67 degrees the night before. I thought that the added rain that night would make the water much cooler. However, when we arrived, the water temperatures somehow warmed up to 71 degrees. Having not brought a speed suit, I opted to wear a TYR carbon one piece that I had in my race bag. (Thank you Ryan Dolan!) Usually very organized, I am somewhat surprised that I did not bring a speed suit to the race. It all worked out, however. I figured that the 30-45 sec that I would save in transition from changing out of the speed suit would more than make up for my slower swim time. I think I had a normal swim for me. I was out of the water with Jeanni Seymour and another girl, about 4:48 down from Laura Bennett. At least I wasn’t alone. Laura is one of the BEST swimmers in the sport and is on her way to London in only a few weeks. To be that close, and without a wetsuit, I really can not complain about my swim.
My transition was pretty quick thanks to not having speed suit. I hoped on my 650c Kestrel 4000 and got after it!
Because I do a few of my key workouts on Old Stage, I knew exactly how to ride the climbs which goes as high as 18% and gains as much as 1300ft . And I knew exactly how to descend the downhills. While I am sometimes a bit of a chicken on descents, I am not on Old Stage even on wet roads and hair pin turns. I love this course.
While I was 8th out of the water, I quickly picked through people throughout the course.
I was 4th off of the bike into transition.
The first loop of the three loop course felt great. I felt like I was flying. I was having a lot of fun out there, soaking up all of the cheers!
On the second loop, I didn’t feel so hot. I had labored breathing and I couldn’t seem to gain control. After drinking a ton of water at a few of the aid stations, I came around and started to feel great again by the final mile and a half! Another lesson learned…I can never drink enough water…
Having raced the Boulder Peak 5150 since 2002, I have never finished worse than third. However 4th place never felt so good with extremely worthy opponents!
Next up is the Boulder 70.3. In the meantime, ML and I are in Steamboat enjoying a little change of scenery, getting a bit of some R&R and doing a bit of training.
Thank you to all of my amazing sponsors, who include Boulder Running Company, Splish, TYR, Kestrel, Recovery Pump, Brooks Running, First Endurance, REV3 Racing, Louis Garneau, Oakley, FSA, ZIPP, CycleOps Power, ISM, and Jack and Adams. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be able to do what I love!