Qualifying for the 70.3 World Championship race was my goal this year, and I’ve thought about it in my training sessions since January. I was disappointed to not get a slot in Puerto Rico, but didn’t want to give up. In Puerto Rico I got 2nd place in my age group, but there was only 1 slot, and it was taken by the winner of my age group. My awesome friends Sandra and Alberto were up for an adventure, and we all signed up for the Muncie 70.3. I was able to find a very cheap house for us to stay in through airbnb. I was feeling really awesome going into this race. My training sessions have been going well, and I was able to bounce back after taking close to 2 weeks off for my wedding in Mexico. For the past month I’ve been on summer break from school. I’ve been able to sleep 9 hours a night, and not wake up at 4 a.m. to train. This race would be my last chance to qualify for World’s this year, and I really wanted to reach my goal!
Our bikes were ready for “Le Tour de Corn.”
We left at 5 a.m on Thursday, and had a blast road tripping! No one slept, and we chatted the entire time. We saw a lot of open roads, cornfields and interesting people at the rest stops. On Friday we did a practice swim in the lake, attended the pre-race meeting, packet pick-up and racked our bikes. Friday was such a perfect day, it felt like fall compared to the humidity in Maryland. For dinner we were really adventurous and had chicken, sweet potato and avocado, which we all eat almost every night!
The day before the race, with my amazing friends Sandra and Alberto.
I’m even aero when I sleep!!
Racking my bike
Sandra and I after packet pick-up
It was announced in the morning that the water temperature was 74.5, so I was able to wear a wetsuit. I rented a sleeveless one, and was excited to use it. The swim was nice and there were 8 buoys on the way out, 2 turn around buoys and 8 on the way back to the shore. The start was a bit rough, I got smacked a few times, but nothing that I am not used to by now. To keep myself occupied and focused, I made up rhymes for each number, they were incredibly stupid, such as “number 2– I’m coming for you”, and “three- you ain’t got nothing on me.” When I passed it, I would make up a rhyme for the next number.
My swim wave
The bike course was fast and flat with a few inclines, which made for some faster speeds on the way back from the loops. I just stayed focused and pushed hard. Maybe a little too hard, I threw up 3 times, the type where you burp and a bit comes out–super gross! This was around mile 40 and happened up until the end. I got off the bike feeling really dizzy, and was nervous that I would have a horrible run.
I calmed myself down and settled into the run. At this point it was really humid, hot, sunny and there wasn’t a lot of shade. It was an out and back course, I was counting down to the half way mark. I took water on the course, sponges and tons of ice when I could, and put them in my hat and down my sports bra. The course was really tough and it felt like it was all uphill. I caught a few females, but none from my age group. On the way back I tried my best to stay positive, but I was suffering. My goal was to stay focused and not get passed. I pushed hard and dug deep, especially those last 3 miles. I saw Sandra when I had 2 miles left, and seeing her gave me small burst of energy. I finished with a 5:02, which is the same time that I did at the Kinetic Half in May.
Final time: 5:02:37
I got brought into the medical tent after the race because I wanted to sit down, and there were no chairs at the finish line. My vitals were fine, I had some powerade and made myself eat a banana. My AG was fast, and I got 4th place. I found out there were 2 slots for my AG. I saw the 2nd place girl in transition and asked her if she was taking a slot, and she was not. I hung out for a few more hours waiting for the awards. I found out there that the top 3 girls weren’t taking their slots, or had already qualified. I was SO excited to claim my spot! My goal this season was to qualify, and Muncie was my last chance!
Team Orange! It was really fun to race and hang out with some new friends from Virginia- Jeff, Joey and Valerie, who all had great races!
Three hours after the race, I still wasn’t hungry, but made myself east some pretzels. The rest of the afternoon and evening I was not hungry at all and had an awful stomachache. I knew I needed food to recover properly, and forced myself to eat dinner. I woke up at 2 am ravenous, snuck into the kitchen and had a large snack. I always have trouble sleeping after my half’s.. must be all the caffeine! I made up for it the next night and slept like a champ 🙂
I am beyond pumped to be racing in Mt. Tremblant in September, I am motivated more than ever to train hard and kick butt!
Claiming my slot for World’s!
Post race photo
Before leaving the wonderful state of Indiana we had to take a picture with all of the corn!
Getting lost in the corn fields!
Total distance traveled! Amazing weekend! 🙂