This past weekend, I traveled to Racine, Wisconsin for my second half Ironman of the season. After racing in Texas three weeks ago, I realized how much fitness I gain from racing and decided to add an extra 70.3 to my race schedule. Racine seemed like a good choice – a wetsuit swim, a timetrial bike and a hot run – just how I like it.
Overall, I was happy with how my race went. I led out of the water which is a first for me, came in fourth off the bike, moved to sixth on the first loop of the run as two speedy runners (Michelle Wu and Jessica Jacobs) passed me in the first few kms, then got my second wind on the second loop, and moved back into fifth place. I was very happy to finish in the money and on the podium after missing out a few weeks ago in Texas.
Congrats also to my team mate Michelle Wu who came 3rd, and a big thank you to my homestay family, Susan and Mike Arts and their three cats for making me feel at home and taking such great care of me. I had an awesome weekend staying at their lighthouse home, feeling like royalty as they cooked for me and fed my caffeine and pretzel addiction, and then shared many laughs with them when Bryan Rhodes and Christie Sym showed up on Friday….never a dull moment with a Kiwi and an Aussie in the house.;)
So it’s back home to San Diego now for a few days of recovery, and then back to Santa Monica with my team for the next few weeks to get ready for my August races. Thanks to everyone who’s supported me over the last few months – my coach, team mates, sponsors, family and friends. It’s great to be back on the road again.