Sweet! Another great race under my belt. 2010 is off to a great start!
The night before the race, I layed down around 8:00pm and felt pretty tired and was hopeful I'd fall right asleep, and I did. However at 10pm, I jolted awake and was up for the rest of the night! I think my body thought it was supposed to be nap time and wasn't ready for a full nights rest. With a 6:20 race start, I wanted to be up a little before 4:00am (yep, 2:00am in Colorado!)...so when I finally fell back asleep at 2:30, it wasn't too long before I heard my alarm. Despite the non-sleepage night, I woke up excited, energized and ready to race: Bring it ON!
I showed up at transition to find my Zipp Disc with a flat (we'd checked our bikes into transition the night before)...fun, fun. I was pretty calm and collected about the whole situation, found the race mechanic, and handed my wheel off to him...he got me all set up and race ready, THANK YOU! Did a bit of a run to loosed up the legs and then headed down to the swim start. We weren't able to do a swim warm-up, so I did a good dry-land warm-up for the swim and was ready to go!
The cannon went off and into the water the women went! I had a super fast start and was able to jump on Sara McLarty's feet for a little bit. I hung on for as long as I could and then settled into my own pace and rhythm. About half-way through the swim, I realized how warm the water was...man, if the water was this warm, it could turn into a hot day! I exited the water about 1min down from Sara and had a good lead on the rest of the girls thanks to my TYR Sayanora SpeedSuit!
Thanks to Rhoto, Ironman, Race Director Tom Zeibart, all of the wonderful volunteers out there on the course keeping us safe and cool, and everyone else who helped make the weekend a success! Also a huge THANK YOU to my sponsors: TYR, Blue Bikes, Lifesport, Powerbar, Oklahoma Spine Hospital, and Ranch Foods Direct. Congrats to everyone who raced this weekend! See ya at the next one!
Magail and I at the awards...not sure what I'm doing :)