I’m glad I finally got out to do this race because it was a good one. With a huge crowd on course that consisted of a majority of my sponsors – BMC, Skins, ISM, and Shimano – as well as other industry folks, athletes not racing, athletes who were racing but dropped out, and lots of local San Diegans (and of course the online audience), it is a great place to have a good race. Fortunately I had a decent showing and got my season started on a good note.
Hanging out with Will Clarke and the BMC guys before the race.
Photo Credit Kevin Koresky.
As for the race, my swim was surprisingly awful, but I was able to stay in the race with a solid bike and run to end up sixth on the day. The best news, though, is that my ankle is good to go. After not racing for six months due to my ankle break last October it was good to be back around the same level I was last year.
Photo Credit Tim Carlson.
Running with Brent McMahon. Photo Credit Tim Carlson.
Jan Frodeno showed he has no weakness this past weekend, as did Javier Gomez in Panama in February (as expected). The game is going up in 70.3! With that in mind I’m going to cut this blog short and go train.
Apologies to anyone who regularly visits this site (mom?) for having to look at that awful picture of my severely swollen ankle that I posted back in October. Fortunately my ankle no longer looks like that. Here is a more pleasing picture featuring Otay Lake and the mountains surrounding my current training location in Chula Vista, California:
Training is going well and yes, my ankle is fully healed. After four weeks in a walking boot, and six weeks where my only training was going on slow hikes, I finally got back to real running at the beginning of December. My girlfriend Lindsey recently started up training with Darren Smith and his world renowned training group known as DSquad, and I am lucky enough to be able to join her at their first camp of the year here in Southern California. The endless crushed gravel trails have served as a great place to build my running back up. I get to join in on the occasional swim, bike, or run with the DSquad, and it’s been quite an experience for me. Everyone is super motivated and no moments are wasted. The best part is watching Lindsey as she has become a completely different athlete in just a few short weeks of camp. She even came out of a multi-year hiatus from blogging to write about it, check it out here.
Open water swimming at Silver Strand Beach. Yes, the water is very cold.
I posted a tentative race schedule for this year – I will once again be targeting major 70.3 and Rev3 events in the US, with HyVee and 70.3 Worlds in Mont Tremblant being the major races for the year. I will also be taking on my first Ironman at IMAZ in November.
I’m happy to welcome Kurt Kinetic and Rudy Project on as new sponsors for 2014. In addition to these, I will once again be riding the super fast BMC TM01 with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 components and of course my comfortable ISM Time Trial saddle, with Joe Santos from Davis WheelWorks providing the bike fit. Skins compression, On running, blueseventy, and local Boulder nutrition company Skratch Labs are also in my corner for another year of racing. Last but not least, I’m happy to continue to be a part of the New York Athletic Club triathlon team. I’m truly lucky to have such a great group of companies and people supporting me.
Thanks for reading and check back for more updates soon.