This past weekend I was fortunate enough to compete in the Motor City Tri at Bell Isle in Downtown Detroit.
I have to start by saying, what a great race! Overall, the course was flat, well marked, well stocked and the post race amenities were great. In additon to the wonderful things that were in therace directors control I must thank mother nature for waiting till we were home before opening up This was my first Olympic distance Triathlon since my very first triathlon back in 2010 when I did Chicago. Having been unprepared for the Chicago tri, I did poorly and have always wanted to get my redemption on that distance. Thankfully, Sunday I did!
Having gone straight from the Olympic distance to the Ironman my perspective changed on each discipline as did my training. Coming into this race I knew I would have the juice to finish, but knew my speed would be an issue. Thankfully, the course was fast and I improved dramatically in every area. I had a pretty good swim and was out of the water in 24 minutes and change. After T1 I made my way onto my weakest event (the bike) where I met my goals, but lost ground. I averaged slightly over 20mph which was great for me, but slow in the field as a whole. I came into T2 around 1:09 which was about 7 minutes slower than I had hoped. Finally, I made my way onto the run which I always consider my favorite event where I managed to log about a 7:43 mile which helped me gain some ground. The 7 minutes I lost on the bike, however, continued to haunt me towards the finish line!!
I finished in 2:23 and was 43rd overall. I placed 5th in my age group and of course the 7 minutes from that bike would have made the difference to nab me 3rd. Fortunately, I know where I need to improve and had what most would consider a pretty flawless race day. I had no flats, no rain, no nutrition problems and as always the best support in the world. It was a great wake up call as to where I can improve, but more importantly where I exceeded my expectations.
Armed with the tools I learned from Sunday and another piece of hardware, I will go back to the drawing board and get ready for Olympic distance #2 in late July. Before I know it it’ll be August and time for another Ironman!