People have asked me if I'm happy with my performance in Calgary. I will be honest, at first I was disappointed. The Miranda from 2013 would have run faster, placed better, been a podium contender. But then I think back to that day of my surgery, when I never thought I would compete in triathlon again, and I think, "yes, I am so HAPPY!" To be able to finish a half-ironman was a dream on Feb 23rd. And I came 10th and clocked a 4:35 for a competitive 70.3, with a top 5 swim performance, a bike performance comparable to pre-surgery and a run that I did with a strained peroneal muscle! So, I am really freakin' happy :)
Unfortunately, the after effects of this race have left me with a lot of aches and pains! Apparently 31 year olds don't recover as quick as 27 year olds :) I'm currently dealing with a peroneal strain, medial knee pain on my left and a possible strain in my right lateral quad and hamstring! Not sure where the season will go for here, but I will take it one race at a time!
Next up (hopefully): Bracebridge Olympic Triathlon!
Normally, I leave my thank-yous until the end of my post, but the following deserve a HUGE thank you early on in my report:
- One Capital and One Sports: One Capital Management has included me on their team of elite age group triathletes and supported me so much in the past few years. I've been able to train in California in the past and I got to visit and compete in beautiful Calgary for the first time.
- Bobby Libin: Thanks for opening your home to us and being such an amazing host and keeping the house supplied with lots of carb and good food pre-race.
- My parents for their continued love and support throughout this crazy adventure of mine. They travelled all the way to Calgary to be with me on my race, and that's just a small example of what they do for me every day.
- Adam, my coach and partner, for being designated sherpa and driving everyone everywhere this past weekend.
- All my readers for their support and for following me in my triathlon endeavours
- MultiSport Canada for getting me race ready for this event!
- Fellow athletes at the race and training partners, especially those at WattsUp!
- My other coaches: Kim and Nigel from NRG
- My sponsors: High Rock Capital Management, WattsUp Cycling, MultiSport Canada, The Urban Athlete, Fitt1st Bike Fitting
Swim: The swim started out well, I positioned myself by Cait Snow, because I recalled we had swum together in past races. I lost her near the start as I battled to stay with the lead pack of 3 girls. I ended up getting stuck behind a couple of slower girls. Once I got through them I made a surge and tried to catch the lead swimmers, but I was working too hard and not gaining on the group. So, I slowed my pace a bit and turned my focus internally. I didn't feel great, despite a good warm-up my arms felt heavy, but I was doing the best I could. Once I reached the far buoy I made a turn around it and the sun blinded me. I have mirrored goggles, but even that didn't help. I ended up swimming right into a dock! Luckily the other girls weren't far behind so I hopped on their feet as they correctly navigated the course. I have yet to execute a swim this year where I stayed on course! Nonetheless, I exited the water tied with about 3 girls for 5th position and ready for the bike! (Photo credit: Harry Radford)
The bike: The course in Calgary was beautiful! Of course, my slow transition had me on the bike in 9th (I must work on transitions!). I worked hard the first 45km of the bike, which was a net uphill and into the wind. During the first half of the ride, I was passed by one girl and passed two. The last 45km of the bike was a net downhill with a tailwind, I got passed by another girl. I came off the bike still in 9th position.(Photo credit: FinisherPix)
The Run: best way to describe the run was "survival mode." I knew I didn't have enough volume of training in me to put together a strong performance here, so I just focused on finishing and being happy that I was running!(Photo credit: Harry Radford)
3. Interview with another participant: TROY
4. TrainingPeaks/Quantitative Race information for those interested
WARMUP: 550m swim warmup with 3x40 strokes fast, then 3x20 strokes fast
SWIM: 1871m, 26:35 (~1:25/100m),
BIKE: Speed - 36.6kph, NP - 175W (3.25W/kg, 85% of FTP)**forgot to calibrate power meter, so this may not be accurate**, Avg HR - 160bpm, Avg Cadence - 85rpm
RUN: 21.1km, 1:39:10 (4:41/km), Avg HR - 174bpm, Elevation gain ??
Lastly, I'm going to close this blog with the lyrics from "Try Everything" by Shakira:
I messed up tonight | I lost another fight | I still mess up but I'll just start again | I keep falling down | I keep on hitting the ground | I always get up now to see what's next | Birds don't just fly | They fall down and get up | Nobody learns without getting it wrong
I won’t give up, no I won’t give in | Till I reach the end | And then I’ll start again | Though I’m on the lead | I wanna try everything | I wanna try even though I could fail | I won’t give up, no I won’t give in | Till I reach the end | And then I’ll start again | No I won't leave | I wanna try everything | I wanna try even though I could fail
Look how far you've come | You filled your heart with love | Baby you've done enough that cut your breath | Don't beat yourself up | Don't need to run so fast | Sometimes we come last but we did our best
I'll keep on making those new mistakes | I'll keep on making them every day | Those new mistakes