70.3 Galveston - 4th
 

70.3 Galveston – 4th

14/04/2016 in General, Race Reviews
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It is funny how confidence in your abilities ebs and flows as training progresses throughout the season. As of late, I have been training hard but not really confident of what I can do in the race. Which meant heading into Memorial Herman 70.3 Galveston I was well trained but had no clue of what was possible on race day.

When I woke up on Saturday morning there was a fresh layer of snow on the ground as I took the boys for a few minute wake up jaunt. I then tip toed on our icy driveway as I loaded my bike and bags into the car heading literally from 0-90, okay maybe 15-85! Saturday was a whirlwind to say the least, fly, unpack, expo, pro meeting, race prep…but by 8:15pm, I was ready to rock.

Race morning I rode in with a Jeremy Brown and we were discussing how in racing sometimes you have a career day and do not win among other small talk on training and racing strategy. At the transition rack it was the “legends” section of the transition area: #2 – McMahon, #3 – Cunningham, #5 – Starykowicz, & #6 – McDonald (there was no #4), between the 4 of us we have 70+ years of triathlon knowledge, so the stories were abundant. Finally I was time to meander to the swim start.

When the cannon fired I let out an explosive quick breast stroke kick to launch on top of the water and I felt a little knot in my hamstring, oh this may not be good. I started in the middle which is rare for me, normally I am an edger. I spent the bulk of the first 500m switching draft lines, trying to figure out which lane was the mover. I must have swam an extra 15m trying to identify who was in each lane. Ultimately all I did was gain no ground and swim a lot of extra yards. We went around the first turn buoy and the guy in front of me totally stalled and let a gap open. I busted my butt the rest of the swim to close the 5m gap, but it seemed to be a yo-yo of 3m-10m the entire way. Exiting the water, it was a nothing lost nothing gained feeling.
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On the bike it was “on it like blue bonnet,” I made quick work of the field and set the sail. It was simply 28 miles out and 28 miles back, just me and the white line and a lot of Base nutrition. At the turnaround it was the first and only time I would get an idea if there was damage being done on the bike. I quickly filled my Torhans AeroZ and waited to see how close the hunters were. The field was loaded with 4 of the best bikers in the sport, as expected Drietz, Sanders, Weiss, then the pelotons as expected.
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The gaps were smaller than desired but hey, these are big dogs…not pups. The way back I just held aero and kept the legs firing playing with cadence.
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The run was the exact opposite of the bike when it comes to course simplicity. The course was a 3 loop, multiple turnaround and loopity loops per lap. My whole goal was to hold form and run the whole 13.1 miles. All the turns made it a real bear to keep form or find a groove. Out of every turn I was searching for technique. Lionel passed me on lap 1, Drietz on lap 2, finally on lap 3 Weiss passed me, ironically all 3 passes happened in the same 200m of the course. It was my longest run of the year, my quickest 5k, 10k, 10 miler, and 21.1k of the year…heck I PRed like a boss! I crossed the line completely cashed but a lot more confident of where this season is going to go, and it’s headed to great places.

Champion is Earned,

Andrew

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  • Juan Canabal 11:58h, 14 April Reply

    Simply amazing! Keep pushing!

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