Up until now I have always maintained that I just want to “complete not compete” when I race. Up until recently, that was all I was really capable of. I was usually somewhere in the middle of the pack when it came to the results of a marathon or a triathlon. But lately, things have changed. It started in February when I ran the Lost Dutchman Half Marathon in Apache Junction Arizona. I had been noticing that my running was get faster. I went into that race hoping for a 1:52 and after all was said and done (or ran) I finished with a 1:46:26! But what was most amazing was I was 4th out of over 120 females in my age group. This race was a turning point for me in which I finally felt like I could compete with those around me.
My next race that showed me that I was still making progress was the Orange County Triathlon. In this race I placed 4th out of 35 (good enough to qualify for nationals). I was so close to the podium that I was actually disappointed with my finish until I realized that I had qualified for nationals and realized what a strong run and swim I had had.
So in early June I entered a 10K. I never run 10Ks. This may sound snobby but the distance is too short for me. I am much better at longer races. But I wanted to place so bad that I was nervous about the race. Anyway, I gave it all I got. I did the best I could. I ran as fast as I could. I ran so fast at the end that I maxed my HR at 205 bpm! I got 2nd in my age group, 10th overall female. You can see the Garmin data from the race here.
Now I have my second 70.3 triathlon, Vineman, coming up in just under 4 weeks (OMG!!). I am starting to look at the results from last year to see how I think I might do. I doubt I will podium there (I have way too much work on the bike to do). But if I can just keep making progress and make it into the top 20% I would be thrilled. (You know there will be a race report to follow, so keep a look out.)