The road to Ironman 70.3 FL
Race Week! Although it can be considered a minor race, Ironman 70.3 Fl was a race on the schedule and a build up for Ironman Texas. So my coach treated most of the week as a continuous Ironman training until Thursday, where we could start lowering down the volume.
One of the things I love most about triathlon is when I get to roadtrip with my crazy teammates. So much fun. On Friday, Bernie, Joan, and myself traveled to Haines City to what promised to be an amazing weekend. We checked in at the expo and picked up our race packets. Later we got to the house we rented and waited for the rest of the team to get in. Of course at night the house was full of laughter and life.
Saturday morning we mostly slept in and later in the morning we headed to the Ironman expo do a pre-race warm up and for the rest of the guys to check in at the expo. While the guys decided to do an easy bike, I wanted to swim with my wetsuit since I wasn’t able to swim much due to my rib pain the weeks prior. The swim was in a lake, and the water was nice. After the swim the guys decided to go for a swim and I ran a little with Bernie and Gatinha.
While everyone was swimming, I left my bag at the beach with everyone’s else and I went to the restroom. When I came bag my bag nowhere to be found and I started to freak out. We look at all the bags and it wasn’t there. Luckily I remembered something and ask Bernie to borrow me this iPhone. I open the find my iPhone app and tried to locate my phone. The bag with the phone was still somewhere on the beach! With so many people on the beach and swimming it got a bit hard to find it but I followed the map and I finally found it! I was shit scared to lose all my stuff! So it seems maybe someone picked it up by mistake and left it somewhere else on the beach. PHEW!
Afterwards (and after my big scare) we headed for a hefty lunch and finally headed to the house to get some rest. Cobi Sensei was the final athlete to get to the house and we had some pasta and lasagna dinner. Really good stuff.
On Sunday after the race, we came home and mostly people died… we were so tired. There was a full mix of emotions, some people had breakthrough performances but to others, it simply was not their days. On the positive sides Joan won her age group with a devastating performance, Cobi Sensei won his age group (again!), and Bernie had a personal best again!, just 3 weeks after his latest personal best. Plus the best thing was that Darkside Miami got 3rd place in the Ironman TriClub Program and qualified for the 2017 Pan American Triclub Championship to be held in Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico next year! YAY!