Similar to last year, I did not come alone and my 4-year old son and dad decided to join me on this trip. We headed out of Detroit on Friday and after more than a 9-hour drive, we arrived. Looking at the forecast on Saturday, I looked like the only dry part of the weekend would be Saturday morning. After that, it was going to get wet. The good news is that my Saturday ride/run was dry and went well. The bad news is that it started to rain right after I finished my run and continued until after we left on Sunday. And when I say rain, I don’t mean a light rain to wet the pavement. This was an all-day, steady, soaker type of rain with a 100% chance of rain during the race itself. As a result, it was time to re-evaluate my goals for the race and my race strategy. Simply put my original goals coming in were the following:
1. Hammer the Swim
2. Hammer the Bike
3. Hammer the Run
My experience with Olympic distance racing is that it is pretty much an all out effort from start to finish and there is no time where you take it easy. Also, since I raced the same course last year, I was really looking to see how my fitness compared. Also, with Ironman Florida 70.3 2-weeks later, I wanted to use this to gain insight into my pacing strategy. So with the rain, I knew there would be minimal information I could compare to last year, so my race goals were now:
1. Hammer the swim
2. Survive the bike – keep the rubber side down
Simply put, I kept an eye on the bigger picture of my season and decided to avoid any additional unnecessary risks on race day, and approach the bike with caution. Last year I hit a pothole 6 days before Ironman Louisville causing me to flip over the bars resulting in scraps on my back, hip, a cracked helmet, and a stiff neck that took several weeks to go away. With a long season ahead of me I did not want to jeopardize my season at my first race of the year.
|BMC TM01 Ready to Roll!|
|Rev3 Made it easy to find my Transition Spot|
Even though my time was not my best and not everything went as planned, the conditions were the worst I have ever raced in, and I am satisfied with my performance. There were a few things I would have done differently, but there were some promising signs and I definitely learned a lot about racing in the cold and rain.
My race report would not be complete without thanking those that helped me get to the starting line. Most importantly thanks to my wife and kids for the their continued support and patience.
In addition, special thanks to Fraser Bicycle (www.fraserbicycle.com), BMC Bicycles (www.bmc-racing.com), SLS3 (www.slstri.com), Spy Optics (www.spyoptics.com), NormaTec (www.normatec.com), First Endurance (www.firstendurance.com), BK Training Systems (www.bktrainingsystems.com) and X-1 Audio (www.x-1audio.com) for your support as I kick off my 2013 race season!
Also, check out the Rev 3 Race Recap Video: http://vimeo.com/65537254
I know I am a little late in getting this report out, so check back shortly for my Ironman Florida 70.3 Race Report!