March 18, 2020 - First IM 70.3 Podium finish
I really felt good coming into this race. The daybreeze really hasn't started blowing like it did the previous year and the conditions looked great in the ocean. The race started and the swim went well. Onto the bike and troubles began. The first 1/2 mile out of T1 is a straight uphill climb. I got to the top of the hill and couldn't shift into my large ring. I decided to get to the bottom of the hill and try again. No luck. I pulled over and dismounted. Fortunately the mobile bike techs were directly behind me and started to work on the bike. The cable at the shifter was frayed badly and couldn't be repaired. The bike techs got the chain onto the big ring and secured the forward derailleur in place. For the remaining 55 miles I was confined to my big ring. I spent the remainder of the day clawing my way back into the race. I wondered how much watts I was wasting because the derailleur wasn't quite perfect and the chain was rubbing on the higher gears. I had stayed well hydrated and fueled by my custom Infint bike blend. Into T2 I grabbed my bottle of custom Infinit running blend, slapped on my Hokas and hit the road. Everything went well and I skipped the first several aid stations trying to make up time. Next thing I knew I was approaching the finish line. My second fastest 70.3 finish and a 5th place in Age Group. I look back and think of how high I would have placed without the bike problem. Oh well, I've already qualified for US Nationals and the ITU world Championships. I had already told my wife that I would decline on a 70.3 roll down if it came to it. I've already got too many irons in the fire this year.