Anywho, almost a month ago I raced Syracuse 70.3 It is my second time doing this race, although the first time the run course was much different (and much easier) than this year. One of the best things about this race is that I can sleep in my own bed and not even have to get up too early to get there in time, as transition is about 30 minutes from my house. It was also a lot of fun to know so many people on course. T2 had a great carb loading breakfast on Saturday which was a blast. It was so nice to just hang out with the team and there was a lot of laughing going on.
I'm pretty sure this was almost a butt shot.
At least I had an excuse to stuff my face...
I went into this race with very specific pacing and HR goals and absolutely no time goals. I had decided to not even have the time showing on my watch, because I didn't even want it to be a part of my racing strategy.
Swim: 35:52, 9th AG
Honestly, I don't remember much about this swim (note to self: don't wait almost a month to write up a race report). Half-iron swims always seem longer than I expect them to be, and this was no different. I also very rarely have a grip on how well I am swimming. This was a good swim for me, but I'm pretty sure I was thinking it was slow during the race. Funny how that happens
Bike: 3:09:09, 17th AG
This bike course is no joke. There is a lot of climbing, some long and unrelenting hills and some short and painful ones. My goal was to keep my HR right around 160 for the entire ride. I did pretty good. It's hard on such a variable course, but my average for the ride was 162, so I was pretty pleased with that. This was a PR for this particular course for me. The weather was absolutely perfect, the scenery was beautiful, and I just remember feeling so blessed to be able to be out there riding my bike.
Run: 2:20:02. 20th AG
This run course was SO HARD!! I had run the course a few times leading into the race and felt pretty good about it, but I was surprised by how mentally difficult a double out and back was. It was nice to see everyone on the course, but it was hard to know you were going to have to do it all again. Here is a look at the elevation profile.
It also really warmed up, the the heat was challenging as well. My goal was to keep my HR around 165ish for the whole run, and this was probably my most evenly paced half ever. My last mile was actually my fastest mile of the day. I felt very comfortable the whole way until the very end when my calf decided to cramp up a bit. Even so, I was excited about this run...until I saw the time! Then I had to give myself a talking to and remind myself that I nailed my goals. Yes, I am running slow, but I can run slow for a very long time and keep my splits super even, and that is what I'm shooting for in Cedar Point!!
This pic was taken from the head cam of a racer in front of me.
I still can't believe he did that run with that thing on his head!!
So my overall time for the day was 6:10:30, not my best time for a half and not my worst. It was however, one of my most even races and I am very proud of it!!
A huge thanks to all my sponsors: Rev3Tri, Powerbar, Pearl Izumi, Normatec, TriSlide, Swiftwick, and Blue Seventy. (Just a note that I was bummed I couldn't wear my Rev3 kit because I was still in need of the right size shorts, but it was great to be able to wear my T2 kit since there were so many T2 athletes out on course.)
Musselman Half race report coming up tomorrow!!