2018 Triathlon Season Recap
Surprise, I moved again (twice in 2 months…), and graduated from my MBA, and raced my final 70.3 in Atlantic City and qualified for Ironman 70.3 World Championship, oh and got engaged! Yeah, the past 2 months have been wild to say the least! I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m ready to get in some sort of routine and some non-eventful time for at least a few months! I’ve taken the month of October to relax, I called it #freeflow October, or #yolooctober, find a job in Portland Maine, where I moved, eat and train whenever and whatever I want, and just enjoy some non-structured days. But let’s be honest, I don’t do well when I don’t have a structure, some weeks I exercised for 2h while the other one I rain almost 60 miles, including a 2h30 trail run…. Not the smartest way to get your body some down time… Oups!
Whatever, now it’s November and it’s time to concentrate on the 2019 season. But before we do that I figured why not take look back on my 2018 season and reflect on the good, the bad, the positives and the negatives, because I think it’s important to highlight what worked and what can be improved in order to have an even better next season.
After my 2017 I was kind of down as I hadn’t seen major improvements or great results. I was determined to make 2018 my best year yet and I was ready to put in the work. This year was also my first year in the 25-29 Age Group, even though I was 24 during all the races I did. (end of year baby!) It was a little frustrating as little did I know, that this year, the female 25-29 would kill it in every race I did, having at least the first 5 girls 25-29 in the top 10 overall. That’s pretty rare and crazy, but I’m proud to be surrounded by badass women who are strong and fast.
The winter season, in which I mostly trained indoor, was probably the hardest I ever went through, I had grad school, work, training, and a lot of personal thing going on, which made it challenging to say the least, but my motivation was there I put in the work and the early hours. My season started with the Portland 10miler and the Collegiate Nationals in Alabama. The 10miler was a great confidence booster as I ran pretty well, and I definitely saw an improvement in my run. At Collegiate Nationals I realized quickly that most of the girls were training for short distance triathlon and I didn’t have the speed nor the power to compete with them, but I was pleased with my run clocking my fastest 5k time.
Then it was time for the real season to start, I did an Olympic race near Boston to prep for my first ironman 70.3 of the season and it went pretty well, finishing 4thoverall and 1stin my AG. Two weeks later we drove to Mont-Tremblant, it was my first-time back racing there after my DNF at Ironman Mont-Tremblant in 2016. I was there to race hard and take some redemption on my “home” course. At that race I clocked my fastest run time in a half Ironman, PR’ed and finally jumped under the 5hr mark. It was the perfect mental boost to keep doing what my coach and I had been doing, reminded me that patience and hard work is key and got me excited for the rest of the season.
If you read my mid-summer update you know that July and August were less than ideal months and a lot happens, which made Maine 70.3 prep not as good as it could have been. But then again, I still put in most of the hours, even when the motivation was lacking and I’ll my body and mind were telling me, was to get some ice cream and take a nap. The goals for Maine was to try and get a bib for Ironman 70.3 World Championship 2019 in Nice, and while I had a killer of a race, best ever bike, swim and total time, (New PR!) there was only one slot in my AG and I didn’t get it.
My coach agreed that if I felt ok a week post-race it was plausible to get one last 70.3 this year. After a quick discussion with my fiancé, we decided to go to Atlantic city, a quick 4 weeks turn around, but enough to recover, get a couple hard workouts to tune up a few things and be rested and ready for 70.3 AC. After having raced in the forest, mountains and open roads of Mont-Tremblant and Maine, it was odd to be racing on the highway, but I really enjoyed the course even with the crazy wind and rain we got that day. Course was a little longer than normal, (more like Ironman 72.3 AC…) so while I didn’t PR and, I did post some of my best power and run pace to date and yes,… I got my bib for Worlds! Perfect ending to a great season.
This season has been a dream when it came to racing, and a test of my patience, motivation, and perseverance when it came to training, but I’m happy to have tackled all the obstacles that came my way, while still accomplishing all my personal, educational and work commitment. It’s easy to get completely sucked in the triathlon world, but I’m not a professional triathlete and I have to remind myself that in order to be the best I need to balance everything. I’m also often reminded by my fiancé.
This is getting pretty long so 2019 goals will come on a later post, but before I close out I want to thank a few people.
Mom and Dad- I cannot put into words the love I have for them. They have raised me to be strong, they have never once given up on me, and their support is what keeps me going at all times. I know you will always be there no matter how the race goes. I am so thankful for their support.
Fiancé- well you all have seen how great he is, from my personal photographer, to driver, picking me up in the middle of nowhere Maine when I can’t manage to finish my workout, to Sherpa (he will kill me for writing this!), sport psychologist, and much more. He gives up so much for me, puts up with my crazy, and supports me in all aspects of life. When I say I want to do an Ironman he researches the best one to do, and never questions me. His is my rock, my high when I am low, and brings me back to earth when I need it. I don’t know what I would do without him.
Coach Jorge- I went to Jorge when I moved to Boston and I told him I wanted to get stronger, and faster. I wanted to be competitive. I had to learn patience and hard work, but through blood sweat and tears (literally… ) we’ve been able to achieve some of my goals, much more to come!
Future In-laws (Susan and Ernie)- for their constant support for races, training and life too.
Irwin Cycling- for the fastest wheels, they are seriously so fast and light and I love them.
To each and every person who reached out to me before, during, and the race. I cannot express how grateful I am to each of you for your continued support, love, and cheer that you provide. I seriously could not do it without each of you, you motivate me to continue to be a better athlete and most importantly a better person.