On Sunday April 17th, I competed in New Orleans 70.3. It’s been about six months since my last race and I’ve done New Orleans before, so I thought it would be the perfect rust buster. It did not disappoint. Sustained winds around 23mph with gusts of up to 35mph, made every discipline “interesting”. I was panicky on the swim for the first time in a long time due to the chop; the headwind during the first 28 miles of the bike made for a scary and wobbly ride; and the wall of wind on the back half of the run was soul-crushing. The good news? The rust is busted! And all of my equipment this year ROCKS!!! I am so happy I had the chance to test drive it all in New Orleans and I cannot wait for the next opportunity to race! Here are a few pictures from the race… Enjoy!
Pre-race nutrition planning with Infinit Nutrition… (So serious!)
This beauty had some prime real estate in the hotel room. (I couldn’t let her sleep outside!)
The winds caused a delay, so there was plenty of time to catch up with friends in transition.
A few of the pro girls before the start. The calm before the storm…
This picture was taken by a local reporter. Dozens and dozens of people abandoned the race during the swim due to the scary chop.
Whew! I didn’t drown! Through T1…
And onto a VERY windy bike course…
The run!!! I couldn’t feel the wind… yet. 😦
Mr. Yellow and I went back and forth a few times…
Post-race: All smiles! My bike, saddle, watch, nutrition, and helmet were all INCREDIBLE!!! (Notice the flags in the background? The wind was still howling!)
Confession: I love to read and I love, love, LOVE a good quote. I know, I know… That can be a little cheesy. But with the arrival of Spring and the start of a new tri season I thought I’d share three quotes that helped me tremendously the past few months.I recently heard Taylor Swift preface one of her songs by talking about what happens when we lose somebody that used to be close to us. In her case, I am almost sure she was talking about a boy. But to hear her speak about losing this relationship was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. She suggested that instead of focusing on anger or heartache at the end of a relationship, why not focus on the good times you had, thank that person for all they’ve given you, and move on? If someone changes or you grow apart, let them go. There’s no need to waste valuable energy on anger and sadness. Recognize the change, appreciate the past, and move on.
Ever feel like you can’t win? Like every move you make has a GREATER and opposite reaction? Sometimes I fall into a very reactive mindset and all I’m playing is defense. The problem with that? All of my moves are predicated on someone else’s moves. The solution? Take stock of your goals and where you want to be, then find a way to get there. Forget your detractors, forget your competitors, and forget the devil on your shoulder. Follow your star and forge ahead making bold irreverent moves.
As an athlete this one gets me every time. “What if I followed a schedule like his?” “I wish I could swim like her…” “It comes so easy to them.” The trouble with comparing results, schedules, or workouts is we are only looking at the end product, not the countless minutes, hours, weeks, months and years that went into making each and every individual we compare ourselves to unique and powerful. After comparing ourselves to others, we often come up with one variable that’ll change everything; “If I do this one thing differently, surely my results will improve!” We all know that rarely happens. Why not get off that spinning wheel of comparison and forge your own path? Put your blinders on, do what’s best for you, stick to your plan and EXECUTE it. Practice breeds confidence and confidence breeds success. If we could all just worry about ourselves, the world would be a lot more joyful.
“Every day starts with the tick of a clock. All escapes start with the click of a lock!”
I am so looking forward to new partnerships and new relationships in 2016. And of course I cherish all of friends, family, and sponsors who show their support every day. Sweet, sweet, 2016, I am ready for ya!
Here are a few of the NEW developments in my world… Stay tuned for more!
As a triathlete with a background in long distance running I am not very fluent in what I like to call “ball sports”. Basketball, football and baseball wouldn’t really be on my radar, but as they are such a huge part of American culture, I find myself learning a lot about the NBA, NFL and MLB because they mean so much to so many. What really intrigues me is the championship/draft ranking paradigm found in many of these sports. Teams that do well one year (say make into the conference finals or win the World Series) are not given an advantage over other teams the following year just because of how far they advanced. Instead teams like this often pick LAST in the draft. The rich do not get richer. Those that are on top are not then given the first overall draft pick or a player who might guarantee that the team’s success one year becomes a dynasty. What is more, teams that win the Superbowl or the Stanley Cup don’t automatically receive berths to those games the next year. How unsatisfying would a season be if we already knew in September that the reigning Superbowl champs would make it to the final game in February? Part of the beauty of football, baseball, and basketball is watching teams duke it out all season trying to get back to the big dance.
When you consider these practices, the KPR system used by the World Triathlon Corporation to rank and invite pro athletes to the World Championships in Kona becomes all the more perplexing. Not only are winners given a slew of points toward next year’s KPR, they are given a berth to the World Championship for the next five years as long as they validate their slot at one Ironman before the next Championship. An automatic berth? Isn’t that a little much? These athletes can basically “phone” in an Ironman early in the season and save their legs until Kona while the rest of the field has to battle it out at multiple Ironman races (often late into the season) to get to Kona. I wonder who’s going to do better… Someone who cruised to the finish at an Ironman in November or somebody who was fighting for points at races in March, June and August? Granting past winners a ticket to the championship after meeting so low of a bar is laughable and insures that those that were on top, stay on top. In addition to doling out these automatic qualifying slots, WTC also bestows a large amount of points to the top finishers at Kona. These points carry over to the NEXT year. Tell me another sport that does that. The reward for getting to Kona IS Kona. You made it to the World Championship! Congratulations!!! Sponsors are happy; your fans are happy. The race itself is the end goal. There shouldn’t be points awarded at Kona for Kona. As it stands Kona is a qualifying race for itself. Instead points should start again after the KPR deadline with no points awarded for the World Championship.
I am a firm believer that the number of pro slots available to male and female pros should be equal. (Find out why here.) But I’ll save that discussion for another day. In the meantime I think it’s time to revise a flawed points structure. Good luck to all the racers in Hawaii!