70F / 21C
|Total Time = 4h 33m 20s
Overall Rank = 61/2170
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/256
Coming off a horrible run at Chicago ITU just a couple weeks before this race, I didn’t really have high hopes of performing well. I also took the weekend before completely off from training and headed to Vegas with some friends. Coming into this race I was clearly in a “whatever the day brings” mode. I did, however, prepare FAR better the couple days leading into the race unlike Chicago…. which was a completely predictable performance given how much I was on my feet the 24 hours prior to the race. For this race, Karin and I really did a great job the two days prior of basically only being on our feet to get our couple short, tune up workouts in.
We traveled up to Windsor on Friday and had a wonderful dinner in Yountville at Bottega. Saturday was just much lying around, a quick few minutes at the expo to watch the safety movie and pick up our packets and right back down on the bed at the hotel watching really bad movies. We did get out to ride our bikes to make sure everything worked. Which, of course, it didn’t. As has been the trend this year BOTH our power meters decided to stop working…lol. We’ve almost become immune to this by now. Doesn’t really matter for Karin and I for racing since we can ride whatever wattage we want basically blindfolded. It does matter for post race analysis which I’ll m talk about later. Got to bed early and slept very well.
Karin’s wave was one of the first and exactly 30 minutes ahead of mine. We were kidding that I *may catch her by the end if the planets aligned. We got down to the start with plenty of time to get her settled and off and then I returned to my bike to get unpacked and situated. Spoke to some friends, hit a porta potty, watched some pros take off and then headed down to the river. I spent the few minutes between waves getting in about a 5 minute warm up.