ProSoapers competed at the Lonestar 70.3 in Galveston.
My primary goal going into this race was to secure a 70.3 World
Championship spot and improve on my time from last year, especially my
run split. Last year I had a 1:28 run split. At the start of the day,
the windy conditions would change my thoughts on improving my 4:25
from last year. This thought was strengthen further when I emerged
from the choppy water swim 2min behind my goal pace, with a 35 min
swim. It didn't let this derail my race stratgey. Once on my bike (a
new bike which hadn't been ridden further than 10 miles prior to
today, not a recommend decision) I got into a rythym quickly and
settled into my goal pacing. This year's bike course was a full 56
miles (last year the course was 2 miles shorter due damage done by
hurricane Ike). As I progressed on the bike I continue to feel
stronger which resulted in 2:17 bike split a slightly slower split
from last year, but faster avg. speed sincevit was a longer course. (A
cool moment for me was that my bike split was better than Andy Potts,
however Chris Lieto crushed the bike with a 2:04 split....sick).
Transitioning from the bike, I knew if I ran what I wanted to run (sub
1:25) I would have chance to improve on my overall time despite my
slower swim split and the longer bike course. With this motivation I
started pounding the pavement, but I still had no idea where I was in
my age group until I complete my first lap of the 4 loop run course.
When my personal support team (my wife and kids) informed me I was
leading my age group and had a 7 min lead. Something I learned about
myself that day was mentally I am a better chaser than being chased.
As the miles went by and I began hurting more the mental stress of
being caught and passed drained me over the last lap. Despite my
concern I was able to hang on to my age group lead and increase my
lead. I finished in a 4:21:58, improving on my time from last year by
3 min. In winning the M35-39 age group secure my spot to the 2010 70.3
World Championships. Mission accomplished all the way around.
"it's never easier, just faster!"
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