Ironman Coeur D’Alene 70.3 2016
Coeur D’Alene 70.3 Race Report
Here we go again … out of the oven and into the icy north. Okay – I’m being melodramatic. Here are all the gritty details:
Swim: 26 min 36 sec, 9th out of the water
Another cold water swim meant I would reap the benefits of another wetsuit swim (thanks Blueseventy!). The swim was uneventful seeing as the fast swimmers got away quick and I ended up swimming most of the way by myself. T1 was my normal shit-show. First tripping on the beach which resulted in a sand-covered body. And then the acrobatic act of peeling my wetsuit off and wiggling my way into my speedsuit.
Bike: 2hr 13min, came off the bike in 7th, 10 seconds from 4th place.
Getting on the bike the temperature was in the low 50s, but this time, thanks to some cold weather tips I picked up from the Canadians at Victoria 70.3, I was a little bit more prepared. At the first bike turn around, I was pleasantly surprised to see how close I was to the front of the race. My legs felt strong so I threw caution to the wind and rode as hard as I could, knowing the guys in the front would be doing the same. The bike course in CDA is one of my favorites, with an in town technical section, some long flat straight a ways, followed by several long climbs and descents. As I approached the second turn around, I knew that 4th, 5th, and 6th place were only 30 seconds ahead. I slowly reeled that group in, just as we approached T2.
Run: 1 hr 18 min, 7th place overall (27 seconds behind 5th place!)
HALF IRONMAN RUN PR!
Right out of T2, the pace was very high. I watch the three guys I had slowly reeled in on the bike slowly run away from me in the first six miles. The longer I ran, the looser and more confident I was getting, even as the painful intensity increased. The last four miles I noticed I was slowly catching 5th and 6th place. Everytime the guy in 6th place turned around to see where I was I felt myself running a little bit faster! In the last mile I put the pain out of my mind, dug as deep as I could, but in the end, I entered the finishing chute just 10 seconds behind 6th and 27 seconds behind 5th.
Although 7th was not the place I was hoping for, I am very pleased with what my body had to offer.
Finally, I had another amazing homestay – thanks Steve! It is rare that I get to actually get out and truly experience the places where I race. Steve was happy to show me the best that Coeur D’Alene had to offer. Coeur D’Alene is an incredibly beautiful city and I look forward to returning and racing here soon!