I was excited to get back to racing and the Colorado Triathlon was really the prefect race for me to jump into. While other distances were offered I was signed up for the Sprint because of the series they offer, even though I ended up changing that because our vacation to Maui was the same weekend as the Boulder Peak Triathlon. Even though I had raced last year in the mist of COVID, I didn’t have an open water swim. So getting back in a lake with a wet suit was a bit of an unknown.
Working from home I was able to put in really good training. Mind you this was IRONMAN training as I prepared for IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene at the end of June. But I was feeling ready to preform. With the hours and hours of fitness I had gained I was ready to express my fitness.
The race itself was pretty uneventful. We swam, we biked, we ran and all went well. I was feeling good and it was great to be back racing.
My time was good and I improved something like 5 minutes over the same course two years ago. As a matter of fact I was very happy with my results. That is until I saw where I placed. It’s amazing how competitive these races can get.
It’s interesting to me as my top end speed seems limited, I am able to go the same pace at longer distances, but not able to push is faster on the short stuff. Honestly I think the 70.3 distance is probably one of my best distances.
I did not accept the results from this race well. On one end I finished with a 5 minute PR on the course which is really something. But I placed pretty far down. I have to be happy with my performance, but seeing 8th place is just really hard to take in.
While I didn’t get the result I hoped for, I was back out there racing. I got a good open water swim in and it helped me prepare for the main event IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene!