|Riding on the Seawall|
Bike (2:18:49): The bike was nothing but a complete disaster. It started with me dropping my Oakley Radar's within the first 1/4 mile of the bike. I had thought about abandoning them, but given the cost and chance of penalty, I wisely decided to turn back and pick them up. That mistake cost me a good minute and I was not pleased. As a result I biked hard to try regain from the setback. Thankfully there was no shortage of power in my legs as I moved quickly from athlete-to-athlete.
As I approached the turnaround I started to count age-groupers. There were only five of them and all five were from M2529. Because that age-group started either 10 or 15 minutes ahead of me, I knew I was absolutely crushing the bike and was easily in first place. All was good.
|Riding A Flat Tubular For 27 Miles|
I got back on my bike and pedaled with fire in my legs. The wind was gusty and the low psi was causing me to fishtail everywhere. The fishtailing was manageable on the flats, but became a dangerous problem in the last two miles of the course.
The last two miles were filled with lots of 90 degrees turns and my tire was now completely flat. I missed a critical turn off the seawall and had to overshoot it by a 1/4 of a mile. It was frustrating, but yet another mental mistake on my part. I rolled into transition and I was just thrilled to arrive crash free.
|Finishing Ironman Texas 70.3|
Overall (4:15:31): Overall I had a great swim, a great bike, and great run. I could have not been more happy with my performance today, and despite the disasters I still landed on the very competitive M3034 podium. Flats are part of racing and I can assure you I will use this as motivation as I focus on my next race.
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