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It has been an educational two weeks. I raced Saint Anthony’s Triathlon in Florida and the Captain Morgan Ironman 70.3 St Croix a week later in the US Virgin Islands. Both races ended poorly, despite a solid silver lining.
For both races the weekend started off well with wonderful homestays. I had all the advantages I needed from a comfort standpoint before the race, and I’m really thankful that there are so many wonderful people that open their homes to athletes like myself.
Saint Anthony’s performance was a series of mistake on my part. I ruined my own race with poor planning and an unfocused mind. I had all kinds of avoidable problems that were entirely my own fault, and at the end of the day I
This weekend I raced the Nautica South Beach Triathlon for the 5th time, and won for the first time since it became part of the Lifetime Fitness Series. I’d love to write another exciting story about my race like the recap from San Juan a few weeks ago, but when everything goes right the story is much less dramatic.
I love this race, which is why I’ve come back to South Beach every year (except 2010 when I was at a World Cup the same weekend). I love the South Beach vibe (excellent people watching, sunshine and Cuban food!), and the fact that the race raises money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ($422,626 this year!). It’s also host to a
In August I moved away from the Olympic Training Center. I spent three years there, and took a lot of things for granted. This week I’m heading back for my Spring Break, and I intend to appreciate everything – even if the weather ends up being just as cold as Chicago.
Aside from the mountains – and those are a big incentive to go back to Colorado Springs – I’m really excited about drinking terrible coffee (that I don’t have to brew myself), Taco Tuesday (with tacos that I don’t have to make myself), Normatec Boots, the recovery center, a full blood panel to see how my body’s holding up, ice baths (that I don’t have to brew myself), and a 50m pool with 80 degree water where I