After a few long weeks of racing, I was ready to be done for a while. Not because I was sick of racing, but because I could feel my body needing a break. yet, For once in my life even after a long season of racing I still loved waking up race morning, packing up all the gear, and getting set to push my body to new limits. This morning was no different. Even though I was worn from hoot, the MDH mountain bike body destruction, and the National Championship, I was so thrilled to be in Detroit Lakes racing one of the best triathlons in the area.
My Nana and Papa Jack were kind enough to let me stay at their house which meant that come race morning I only had a 10-minute drive to the transition area. This is one of the best parts about this race is that I can wake up at 6:15 and still be one of the first ones there. I snoozed my alarm a couple times and after a quick breakfast, I headed out the door at 6:45. Arriving at the pavilion at 7 I had completely forgotten that this year there was over double the number of participants from previous years. The weather was more than perfect as the wind was almost nonexistent and the temperature was a beautiful 70 degrees. I ended up parking a few blocks away and packing everything in to transition. I found a spot next to Ryan and talked with him for a bit while Corey moved over to park next to me. Corey and I talked game plan for a bit and then had a quick chat with Blake. None of us had Sherpas this morning so we all were running just a little more behind than normal. mom arrived at transition after completely missing her alarm so i helped her set up for her first tri in a while. i was excited for her that she was racing again! After throwing on wetsuits we headed to the water and prepared to throw down. Because he hadn’t done this race before and the swim was a little different than normal, I drew out the course for Corey knowing he would be swimming alone and most likely in the top 1 or 2.
The start was muck and I made sure to dive in early to avoid getting sucked in to the deep mud and stuck in traffic. I was out near the front with just a few ahead of me and unlike last weekend, I felt great. I was moving through the water much easier than the previous week, my hips were higher, my shoulder was not throbbing, I felt great. Before I knew it, I was headed back to shore. Using the rolling waves to my advantage I took almost 3 minutes off my time from 6 days prior. It was not fast by any means, but I was out on dry land. It was time to fly.
I took my time getting situated in transition and started off on the bike. I knew I had 4 or 5 in front of me from family members yelling throughout my transition. I quickly caught 2 of them on the first few miles. I had taken my gps off my bike for this race because I wanted to race by feel so I had no idea how fast I was going. I caught another racer at the end of the first lap. In my head I thought it must be just Corey out front! Perfect. The next lap I rode alone the whole time getting small glimpses of Corey here and there. At the end of lap two where the run course goes out I see none other than Keeghan Hurley taking off on the run course. This dude is an incredible racer and had 8 minutes on me (mostly from my pathetic swim). i rolled into T2 in third and safely made it in and out WIthout crashing.
After catching corey on the run we had a quick chat before I took off on the run course and he turned around to save his knee for the TWO yes that’s right, two world championship races he has coming up. About another half mile down I gave a quick wave to blake as he approached transition in an INCREDIBLE position for the run. I ran alone for the whole run, no one behind me for a bit, no one in front of me except for Hurley who was just over a mile ahead of me. Keeghan and I waved at each other as we crossed paths on the out and back course. I hit turn around feeling great and sped up just a little. I saw black about half way back and he absolutely denied me the high five I held out for him. Ouch. The last mile was less than eventful but I enjoyed it more than ever before. I crossed the line 6 minutes ahead of last year’s pace and felt amazing. 2nd place overall in a time of 2:07:49 and I could have pushed harder but when no one is around and racing 4 weeks straight, sometimes you just need to enjoy the race. This year I was more than relieved to not be rushed into the Emergency room like the previous year (lungs seized up after the race and couldn’t breathe). Overall it was an incredible day of competition and I couldn’t be happier with how I ended the year! thanks to aunt stacy for coming to watch with nana and papa jack! congrats to corey on a killer swim and bike leg (this crazy kid biked for another 55 miles after like it was nothing), blake on absolutely destroying this race and getting his top 1o finish, carter evenson on a great comeback after a nasty crash, thomas L. on the sprint win, and mom for a great first race back! huge congrats to all finishers of YL this year, you were made for this and you showed it!!!
Thank you to all my amazing sponsors for the 2017 year
American Family – Chris heise
Edward jones – Troy ivesdal
Table rocks LLC – Eric Rokke
A special thank you to scheels, bell bank, and Sanford for sending so many volunteers to make this year’s young life a huge success!
now to get back to the thing i do best. running. Dick beardsley half marathon and possible marathon in september then it is time to relax!