Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Boulder Sunset Olympic Triathlon

Below are some pics from the Boulder Sunset Triathlon 10 days ago. Since my hamstring injury in the spring, I've been gradually moving up in race distance so it was nice to have the chance to do a local Olympic distance race, and one that didn't start until 10:30am on a Saturday!

The race went well and I won my age division (there was no pro race), but more importantly, I was able to be there to support one of my closest friends, Uta Pippig, who was doing her first triathlon. Uta is a former 3 x Boston Marathon winner, 3 x Berlin Marathon winner, New York City Marathon winner and 2 x Olympian for Germany. She has been of great support to me over the last 4 years since we met while both doing rehab in Vail in 2012 - she for a hamstring surgery, and I post-op bilateral hip labral repairs. She has given me ongoing support, advice and motivation over the last 4 years and has taught me that if you have the courage to dream, anything is possible.

Anyway! Uta did amazingly well in her first triathlon, placing 2nd in the sprint tri in her age group and of course, killing everyone on the run. I was so proud of her and can you imagine how fast she will be when she does more than 5 bike rides and a few swims to prepare for a race?;)

Next up, I'm leaving Boulder in 3 wks and heading to Kona to support some of my sponsors, do a training camp on the Big Island, and watch the Ironman World Championships. I'll head back to San Diego from Boulder mid October, and then get ready for another triathlon or two (still to be determined pending my hamstring), and the World 6hr TimeTrial Championships in Borrego Springs on November 5th.

Onwards and Upwards!

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