Xterra Worlds Part 3

Sunday morning I got up at 6am and ate, the race started at 9am. I had all my race gear set so I didn’t have to do any last min running around. I tried not to get too nervous and told myself relax and have fun. I rode over to the venue to warm up it was only about a 15min ride. Once I got there I put my things in the transition area and headed down to the water. I had about 20 min till the start of the race, I swam for about 10-15min and got lined up. The cannon blasted and we were off. 630 people into the water at once. I got elbowed in the goggles a few times and took a couple accidental gulps of water. I made it to the first buoy thinking that was fast, I’m flying, I felt pretty good. After making it around the next buoy and back to the beach I was feeling it. The second time around that first buoy didn’t come up so quick, in fact it didn’t feel like I was ever going to get to it. I did around the next and back to shore. In the transition zone I grabbed my bike and I was off. The game plan was to conserve a little on the bike, not go out too hard and be smart. I had a lot of ground to make up and I felt like I was still trying to recover from that damn swim. It was tough getting by all the racers that were now on the course. It was slow getting around people that weren’t as strong on the technical sections. I knew the leaders were pulling ahead every time I had to hit the brakes and wait a second to pass. By the end of the bike I was feeling pretty good but knew what I was in for during the run. I started off hoping my legs would loosen up a little and I’d pick up the pace. I felt like I had been running for about 10min uphill when I saw the first mile marker. I couldn’t believe it, this was going to take forever. I continued and the terrain rolled, I picked up the pace where I could and ran smart where it was steep (ran slow where it was steep). By the end I had come up with a 6:29 run pace that I was happy with considering it was at the end of a hot grueling race with so much ascending. I finished 35 over all which was a good jump from the 129th spot I got out of the water at. I finish just 5min back from Lance Armstrong ,he beat me out of the water by 5 min. and had just placed 4th at xterra nationals a month before. It just goes to show everyone really brings out the big guns for Worlds. After thinking about those things if felt pretty psyched to have had such a good kick off back into off-road triathlon. After the race Nicole and I got some halloween costumes ate and finished off the day with an xterra costume party. Yeee Haaaa!