June and July flew by and August is doing the same. Next thing I know I'm going to be fulfilling my job as lead cheerleader, supporter, sherpa, and split taker for my husband at Ironman Coeur d'Alene and goodbye August. Before we get too far, lets back up to June. 70.3 CDA fit the race calendar for me and the hubby wanted to race on the course for his upcoming Ironman so off we went. He had a solid day and an AG podium! My day had one or two glimmers of hope but overall was pretty frustrating. Note to self for future races: do not spend the entire day moving back in the field. I took the good parts, analyzed the bad parts and moved forward. The best part of the trip was by far that Melis and Fitz made the trip to cheerlead and little Fitz provided plenty of kisses before and after the race!
July was a bit eventful, my grandmother passed and the big 3-0 birthday hit - two major events all at once. Grandma, although stubborn and very opinionated, did everything she could for the family and lived the life she wanted to. She traveled to destinations far and wide, enjoyed her beer, and shared her opinions. Although she didn't really understand the joy behind swimming, biking, and running as an adult I know she supported hard work. Grandma, here's to you! The work is only getting harder in my 30s but I'm having a blast!
August meant a trip to Michigan for 70.3 Steelhead. I loved this race last year and I loved it again this year. A huge thank you to the Cotner family and my homestay for welcoming me and my family into your homes and making it feel like a hometown race thousands of miles away from home. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Race morning was a chilly one and presented a really rough swim. If anyone is wondering why the water level in Lake Michigan is down a bit, I'm going to guess its because a few thousand triathletes (including me!) swallowed their fair share of lake water. I made the front swim pack and we got thrown around by the waves but eventually made it out on onto the bike.
This race was less of "how fast can you ride your bike" and more about "how smart can you ride your bike" to set up a solid run. The bike course rolls a bit on northern country roads and then finally gets back on the highway and heads home. The country roads make for a pretty bumpy ride and give you the opportunity to jump railroad tracks around mile 35 if you're feeling like you need to get out of the saddle for a second. Once you get back onto the highway its smooth sailing home. I rolled into T2 in 6th but only about 45 seconds down on 4th.
At mile 3 on the run I made a pass for 5th and around mile 7 I made the pass for 4th. There were really strong runners behind coming up on the field like a freight train, and I just kept reminding myself of the note I made to myself at 70.3 CDA. When I finally got onto the carpet in the finishers chute and knew there was nobody behind me I couldn't believe I hung on for 4th. My dad, sister, and part of the Cotner family were at the finishline which made it that much more special! I've been lucky enough to have friends and family at every race this year making this season truly special.
My bike is on its way to across the US thanks to Bikeflights and I'm home for a few days. 4 races down, 3 to go! Thank you to the people and companies (Infinit Nutrition, blueseventy, Atom Composites, Epix Gear, and Body by Juliet) that make this possible for me.
Cheers to the second half of the season!