I have been home just over a week now and despite being a bit wet and cold it's nice to be home. I've been enjoying catching up and spending time with friends as well as training, triathlon tasmania work and some relief teaching. It feels a bit funny to be so busy again!
The day started well but gradually went down hill..... it was the Lake Stevens 70.3 in Washington, USA. I got a great start in the swim with clear water and when Michelle Jones (former World Ironman Champion and Olympic Silver Medallist) came past I was able to stay beside her to the turn. On the way back I tucked in behind her and came out of the water in 4th. Onto the bike my game plan was to ride HARD. It was a challenging undulating course. I tried hard but my legs felt awful, I pushed on and got off the bike with a reasonable split - all things considered - in 7th. Then onto the run I had 2 girls near me early on and I was ok for a few kms but then but my legs didn't want to go anymore! My perceived effort increased and my pace decreased, I felt terrible. I kept pushing although moving slowly and made my way through the remainder of the run and to the finish line, crossing in 13th. I'm a little disappointed with the result but pleased I stuck it out!
It's now into Seattle for the day tomorrow and then fly out on Tuesday. I'm really looking forward to arriving home on Thursday!
Thanks to Addie and Jordy, I've been able to spend the last week in Beaverton, a suburb outside of Portland in Oregon recovering from the race in Calgary and preparing for my last race of my overseas adventure in Lake Stevens this weekend. I've been lucky enough to score a lane to myself most days at the pool and have enjoyed exploring the area on my bike and running. Our personal tour guide also showed us some wonderful sights including the Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge, Mt Hood and a baseball game - thanks Penny!