The Escape From Alcatraz triathlon that took place last weekend was the first race of the season and a great one to start out with. The course was definitely challenging, but in a fun way. The water was pretty frigid and the only thoughts that I had going through my mind during the swim was get to land before I started to remember some of scenes from the movie, Jaws. I knew the bike course was going to be hilly because of it being in San Francisco, but it was a little tougher than I had prepared for, especially since there aren’t to many hills like that where I live in Southern Maryland. The run is usually the most difficult part of the race for me but this time it was the highlight, which I think had a lot to do with how scenic the course was, even when I came face to face with the infamous sand ladder.
The Dextro Energy Triathlon World Championship in Washington D.C. this past weekend was fast and furious from all the competition, ranging from the age group to the Olympians. Just like in the Alcatraz race, I went into this race untapered, and was very surprised by the results. The swim was pretty choppy in the Potomac, but I felt like I had a good rhythm going on the way back to the transition. I can happily say that the transition times have improved since last year, especially getting on the bike. I regretted using disc wheels about halfway through the bike because the wind was pushing me all over the road, but I kept cranking it out in the big gears and made it back to the transition in a personal best time, which was a great feeling. There was a smooth transition into the 10k run and it took the first mile or so to get my running legs moving; they were feeling a little sluggish from the five hour bike ride two days before lol. Finishing in second place in my age group was awesome and it was really cool to see the Mayor of Washington D.C. after the race because we both finished around the same time. After our race, the Elite men went and it was exciting to see all the guys from the Olympics compete against each other – they are incredibly fast on TV but to see them run a thirty minute 10k in person is a whole different story.
There have been a lot of big improvements since last year so I’m excited to see how the rest of the season goes. Next up – the Nautica New York City triathlon at the end of July. Thanks for reading and for all of your support!