Boulder 70.3

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I’m a little late but here it is – a few words about my Boulder 70.3 race last week – my 2nd 2nd in two weeks.   This was the first time I’ve done the “dirty double” although I can see that the DD is old news:  I know at least two people who went on to do the triple.  Two was enough for me! When I hatched this plan my coach, Dave Scott wasn’t completely convinced but understood my wish to blow away the race cobwebs.  As it turns out I think we were both glad that Boulder 70.3 gave me the chance to right some of the less pleasing aspects of my Kansas race.  Kansas was by no means a disaster but I did feel dissatisfied with my race.  In a nutshell: it just hadn’t hurt enough and I wanted to hurt!

There were a few distractions during the week between:  a drive back from Kansas on Monday, buying a house with Brett on Tuesday and packing up our old place the rest of week.  All good for keeping relaxed ahead of race day!

Race Day:

I love my ROKA Maverick wetsuit:  it’s by far the most comfortable wetsuit I’ve swum in.  Unfortunately I had an off day.  Having started out swimming next to Leanda Cave I dropped off the pace,  swam solo and exited the water a whopping 2 plus minutes from Jodie Swallow and a minute back from Leanda and Laura Bennett.  Dang!

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Out on the bike in a word I wanted to hurt and make amends for my poor swim.  I went out hard and caught Leanda and Laura before 10 miles.  I’d made a couple of small tweaks to my bike position between Kansas and Boulder and it felt good (thanks Ivan O Gorman and Retul!).  I pushed on knowing the race for the win was up the road:  to put myself IN the race, I needed to bridge up to Jodie.  I  got some information on the time gaps and saw that I was making up time at a pretty good rate.  I bridged up somewhere between mile 25 and 30.   I decided to sit in and catch my breath for a moment.  Maybe I should have really tried to blast past but having read Jodie’s race day musings I can see she was prepared for me joining her and was on a mission not to let me go anywhere!

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We rode the rest of course, exchanging the lead whilst expanding our lead over the girls behind us.  It was pretty clear we were heading to a foot race.  Jodie gapped me out of T2 but I basically then tracked her by about 20″ for the first 6 miles and then began to close the gap.  At mile 7 I felt great, strong and was about to bridge the gap…again.   I pulled up to Jodie and we then both started to put surges in.  The race was on!  I think one of my favourite shots is the one below (I nabbed it off twitter).

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We ran like that for a mile,maybe a mile and a half.  I loved it.  I didn’t love the feeling of dropping off the pace.  Too late I realised I needed Coke and a gel.  Jodie was gone, opening up the gap in the final 5 miles whilst I tried to hold myself together, get my hands on a gel and cross that finish line.  

Now I have my head down as I prepare for Roth on 20 July.  Time to bank some more miles and get ready to race some fast ladies!

Thanks again to the best sponsors:

Cervelo    Newton Running   Louis Garneau   PowerBar   ROKA     Biestmilch    

Shimano   Oakley    ISM     XLAB   Ceramic Speed

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2 Responses to Boulder 70.3

  1. Lester Benitez June 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Great race report!

    • Admin June 25, 2014 at 9:08 am #

      Thanks Lester

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