Burlington, VT is beautiful. It’s so green and lush and far from commercial. I made a point to enjoy all of this as I rode and ran the USAT 2012 Age Group Olympic National Championship course on Saturday. Lake Champlain was really choppy so I wasn’t able to enjoy this part of the race at all. Also I encountered a lot of physical body contact in the water; the most I’ve ever experienced in a triathlon.
I naturally talked to Noah (both silently and out-loud) while I raced. I’ll instantly connect with him as I’m pushing myself and digging deep. I’ll automatically think of him as I grasp for oxygen and endure pain. I found myself exclaiming, “we can do this!” several times during the race. Or, just like the bike leg in Hawaii, I’ll look to the side and take in the scenery with Noah. It’s actually a bit amusing: I had cyclists aggressively passing me while I looked at all of the acres and acres of green meeting the mountains which in turn reached up to meet the few clouds and blue sky. The run started off with a very steep incline and all I did was smile as I climbed it. Throughout the run I felt like the harder I pushed myself the bigger my smile got. I think Noah and I make an awesome team. I am grateful for this.
I did not come in last place but I was close. I overheard fellow athletes talking about the pressure they put on themselves, especially during the bike, to qualify for the World Championship in London. I kept thinking I’m just happy to be here. Although I admit I was slightly disappointed in my swim; I wanted to shave off a decent amount of time. But even if I had I still would have found myself towards the bottom. As expected athletes at this race are super fast. I did improve my bike and run. I didn’t set specific goals for this race so I am fine with how everything went and appreciate having the opportunity to compete at a National Championship.
- Swim – 33:39.4 (place – 1589) / Bike – 1:21.38.3 (place – 1685) / Run – 47:24.0 (place – 1192) / Overall – 2:47:50
- Division place: 103/142 / Gender place: 543/851 / Overall place: 1558/1989
Crossing the finish line on Saturday officially ends my 2012 triathlon racing season. However I’m not taking a complete break during the off-season; I simply can’t.
Also, I already have a triathlon on next year’s calendar. I’ll race my first Ironman on September 22, 2013! With Noah’s help I’ll swim 2.4 miles, bike another 112 and finally run 26.2.