Saturday, May 7, 2016

Lucky Number 1 at Appalachian Power Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon

The pressure was on racing the Appalachian Power Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon wearing bib #1!!  It turns out I got that number from winning last year, and because the male winner did not race this year (in which case they said they'd have to pick since we can't both be #1).

I was relaxed at the start and determined just to enjoy putting in a race level effort. My swim felt capable, straight, and rhythmical (4th/73 women). I unleashed on the bike, feeling so strong, and went for it (top female bike split by nearly 2 minutes). All those power-specific rides paid off. I sought flow on the run and focused on keeping my cadence up knowing no matter the pace, that would make Coach Jim happy! Funny how that translated to a strong run (2nd best run at 21:16).

photo courtesy of Bill Huckle

photo courtesy of Bill Huckle

My mind was clear, my heart was happy. It was an overall win - my third for this race. [Results here]

Thank you Virginia Maryland Triathlon Series for a wonderful race that serves as the season kick-off for our region!

I'm grateful to Jim McGehee of One-on-One Endurance for helping me train through life's many challenges particularly thought this tough winter of loss. Even as he pushes us to achieve our best, he helps us first and foremost to keep perspective and to keep it fun!

One-on-One Endurance Crew: Kristen, Kimberley, Tanya and Daniel, me, Joe, Coach Jim
not pictured: Tim and Matt. photo courtesy of Bill Huckle

Much appreciation to Solar Connexion and Bryan Walsh for the race sponsorship and support.

Thank you competitors, friends, volunteers, spectators and Mother Nature for a great day to swim, bike, and run in such gloriousness!

Dad, this race was for you :-)