The past couple weeks I have done just a couple area sprints while laying low and starting up my training again. First up was the Fargo triathlon. I was super cool to see so many area people getting involved in triathlon. The morning of was spent catching up with area athletes and talking about summer plans with everyone, not a lot of warmup or prep was done on my end other than a quick ride with Anthony and Taylor. We all went inside and lined up according to our predicted swim times and one by one we went into the water!
The swim was an indoor swim in the Olympic Trials pool, it was 50 meters long and 10 lanes wide so we snake swam each lane once to get out 500m in. I was 8th in line and within a couple lengths I had jumped up to 7th, then 6th, I felt strong throughout the whole swim and came out of the water with the 5th place guy and had the 3rd fastest swim overall. I sped through transition and by the time I mounted my bike I was in the lead. The technical course took a bit of speed out of the bike leg but overall it was fun to change it up from the normal long and straight courses. I held just under 26mph with the fastest bike leg of the day by over 2 minutes. I got into transition and couldn’t find the “run out” sign so I ended up yelling to the crowd asking where to go haha. After I found it my rave belt fell apart so I ended up fixing that on the run, then my race bib fell off the belt so I walked and put that on, and shortly after it fell off again so I ended up just shoving it into the side of my kit. Around 0.8 miles in we looped back to the run start and I asked the volunteer there if anyone else had left yet and she said no one had started the run yet. I settled in and cruised to the finish tape (where I pulled out my bib just to be safe) in a time of 51:42, over 5 minutes ahead of second place. I haven’t Raced Casey in years, Seeing Anthony and Taylor racing was great, seeing Jessica on the bike I set her up with, watching Jeremy, James, and a whole bunch of other local athletes and friends compete was such a fun time. Great job to all who competed!! Hats off to Mr. Peters who had the longest T1 ever and still finished the race after going home to get his pedals! Haha that’s one we won’t forget.
The photographers were amazing at this event. Not only took incredible photos, but provided them for free! thanks Lindsay Kaye Photography and Ten Little Chickens Photography for the great memories!
congrats to Mark Knutson on another great event! hoping this one is here to stay.
That night I was in a car accident, luckily it was nothing serious, just bad whiplash from being rear ended so hard. Unfortunately, both cars were totaled and I ended up at cryotherapy, chiropractor, and unable to work out a few days. I was already signed up so I was going to be at Average Jo unless anything got worse over the following week. Luckily it was just a lot of discomfort and tightness so its slowly getting better and shouldn't have any lasting affects. Very happy no parties involved were seriously injured. the best part is my bike was already taken out from that morning's race so It wasn't harmed!!
Thank you Chris Heise and American Family insurance. Not only are you an awesome supporter, but you took care of me and got me everything I needed as fast as you could. I appreciate all you've done for me!
That Wednesday Alexa came to town and we set up for another race the following weekend. We headed out early in the morning In the brand new pickup for Perham MN where the Average Jo tri was taking place. Alexa is an absolute beast and has only done Full and Half Ironman races so the super short sprint was something totally new for her. We met up with Blake, Corey (AKA Speedoman, AKA Kona Kid) wh Nygaard who just had an incredible performance at IM Boulder, Mom, and a few other friends while we prepped our stuff. I inflated some tires and set up transition.
As everyone headed to the water I remembered I kind of need the whole timing chip thing…. So, I ran back to get the chip. I talked Alexa through the course and a quick hug and kiss good luck and we were off! I set myself apart from the pack from the gun to make sure that I didn’t her caught up in the walkers. I found the heels of a swimmer and quickly drifted over to Corey’s feet as he passed. We all came out of the water as a pack with a couple stray guys far ahead. Into transition was pretty normal, this race has a long gravel driveway to run down so I opted to put the shoes on and run down in the shoes. At the bottom, I mounted and put my head down to crank out some watts. Took the lead around mile 2 and kept pumping away. Came off the bike around 25.5 mph and right on pace to meet the course record of 59:40. I took off on the run after a smooth transition and opened the legs up to try and grab some speed.
Everything felt okay through mile one where I woke up the aid station volunteer who was sleeping in the car, mile two was rough, I didn’t think I was going to be able to drop under an hour. As I started mile 3 my legs relaxed and I could finally put out the paces I wanted to and dropped the hammer. Last two miles whipped by and i saw mom coming in on the bike as I ran to the finish. We “raced” up the hill as she started her run and I continued on to the tape! I crossed the line in 58:22 taking the course record and the win! Corey came through right after me and we cheered in Blake, Alexa, and mom. Everyone had a fantastic day on course! Blake crushed yet another race after two marathons and a half ironman in just over a month, mom had a great day for not doing a tri in a while, and Alexa smashed her first sprint. Excited to see what that girl can do when we get to nationals in Ohio!! After the race we all headed to Zorbaz for some awesome pizza. Huge thanks to all of my grandparents for coming to both races and supporting me and all you awesome people who are always cheering!! Next up will be hoot lake possibly, before heading to Ohio for nationals, then the big trip Overseas with Alexa!!