Blue70 Racing

Last Race of 2022

After a few tough races I put one together for a good result and 13.1 PR


Background



I had a few tough races where I didn't put things together as well as I wanted.  I really zeroed in on my training in the weeks between Ohio and Michigan and finally put together a performance where I felt good about all three legs.



Swim



The swim is in Betsie Lake.  The conditions on race morning were very mild.  The water was a nice 70 degrees at the start which was no problem for my Reaction wetsuit.  I went out a little quick and backed it off to conserver a little energy and avoid some of the more aggressive swimmers.  There are some tight turns on this course and on the second-to-last turn I ended up sighting the wrong buoy but a support kayak caught me in time and got me oriented in the right direction.  I ended up with my fastest swim in races this season.



Bike



I really take pride in my biking ability and I felt like the profile of this course really suited my riding style.  The course was mostly flat with a few kickers that I really feel I have an advantage on.  The wind was mostly swirling but I get plenty of that training in the plains of Central Ohio.  I was a little down on power but still making great time, staying very on top of my nutrition and hydration, and finished with one of my better times for the bike leg.



Run



I fell apart on the run at 70.3 Ohio but conditions at 70.3 Michigan were much more favorable.  There wind was still swirling around the bay but it was a very comfortable cool overcast day that really let me run the first half at a blistering pace.  I took on water and Gatorade at each aid station and only slowed down towards the end to make sure I was still getting in all the fluids and salts I needed.  The crowd support was great and there was plenty of energy along the park that the runners cross 5 times, a little kicker up to the chute and a lively finishing atmosphere.  I was able to hold on to run a PR 13.1.



Overall



 I ended the season with a top 100 finish OA which put me in the top 6(ish)% of the field.  I was super happy with how I managed my energy on the bike and how I was able to really rip into my run.  Looking forward to what a dedicated winter and next season will bring.



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