|Leadman 125 Las Vegas Triathlon Weather Data - Saturday, Mach 31st, 2012|
In all honestly, if I could do things all over again I would do many things differently, but I wouldn't change the weather conditions if I could. Despite being scared for my life on the bike, I loved every minute of it and I even managed to make it up on my first pro triathlon podium. Here is a recap of that EPIC day:
|Taking a look at the competition|
Copyright Jim Cruze
Bike (3:08:57 / 3rd): I struggled to get my balance out of transition but managed to make it up the access road and out to the main road without incident. From there I focused on a nice smooth pedal stroke and settled into a relaxed pace. On this day I knew it would be critical to save as much energy as possible for the headwind return and so I made a conscious decision not to put out too much power too early in the race.
|Hanging on for dear life|
At this point I was riding in 2nd place and I knew I was in for a brutal ride back to transition. It was also at this point that I really started to curse some decisions that I had made including, why on earth I thought riding a disc and a deep front would be a good idea. It was a classic "knowing-doing gap" and I knew I should have just rode a training wheel up front but that isn't what I did. Despite some dicey moments I was able to stay aero roughly 85% of the time on the way out. On the way back in I struggled to stay aero and in the end I would estimate that I was only aero for 25% of the ride back and spent 75% on the hoods.
By mile 40 I had gone thru all 11 (1210 calories) of my Powerbar gels and there were only aid stations at 40 and 55 for fluids. I would have to rely on what little calories was in HEED for the remainder of the bike ride. I felt like I was on of those "survival" reality shows as I tried to save precious fluids with only one bottle cage on my bike. My lips were so dry that they were stuck to my teeth. Thankfully my biking legs had showed up to play and that made the return trip home manageable. Matt Russell eventually caught me on the bike and by the time I hit transition he had put a good minute on me.
Run (1:02:56 / 2nd): I started the run about 40 seconds down from Matt Russell and focused on a solid stride. Surprisingly the gap with Matt wasn't expanding and was actually contracting over the first mile. At mile 1 he was roughly 15-20 seconds ahead and I tried to close the gap but then it started to grow. I started to lose 10-15 seconds per mile and in the end I finished in 3rd place just a couple of minutes down from Matt, and 7:45 back from winner Maik Twelsiek. I finished roughly 7 minutes in front of 4th place finisher Ian Mikelson.
|Awards with Jaclyn, Angela Naeth, and Debbie Claggett|
As always I want to thank the people and companies that make this happen including:
Life Time Fitness - for putting on a great race
Jay Childers - for an awesome homestay
Trisports - for all the great tri gear they carry and for providing it in the most earth sustainable way
2xu - for the wetsuit, compression gear, and everyday training clothing gear that rocks!!
Powerbar - for getting me to and thru races with their fantastic nutrition products
Drip Drop - for making sure I stay hydrated
A to Z Cares - for your continued support of my training, racing, and overall well-being