Previously in the season finale of Road2Ironman
I know I havent posted anything in a while... but there's a reason for everything. But before let's recap!!!
Last year I decided to go full distance once again, it was The Year of Iron. I switched coaches and had a new team. I wanted to do good, and even hired a nutritionist to help me. With the support of Darkside Miami and iRun Rice Triathlon I went to a new adventure last year. The training was completely different and hard. The Year of Iron was on.
Las Olas triathlon was the first race in March. Windy course but really nice. But the real first test was up, Ironman 70.3 Florida on April. I went to this race with high expectations, and really motivated. The training was good and I did the hard work. Although this was more a prep race to become an Ironman again, my expectations fell flat. I considered the race a complete disaster from my part and I re-assed the problems and went back to the drawing board.
Afterwards I did which I considered the most fun weekend ever. Star Wars Half Marathon. Something I did entirely for FUN, which was a great relief from "serious" training. Bernie and Kim, it was a weekend I will never forget!!!
But fun aside, the big one, Ironman Texas, was next in May. It was an epic day where it started scorching hot and finalize with a thunderstorm which they had to stop the race for around 50 min. Although not really measurable (the distance was cut short on the bike for a logistical mess from the organization) I achieved a PR in the full distance which was the objective from the beginning.
The year continued with the local FIU Triathlon. But the Year of Iron was not complete after doing my 3rd Ironman. I had the chance to redeem myself in Ironman 70.3 Ecuador. It was nice to race in front of my family and fulfill the PR that was so elusive after 3 attempts at the distance. I got to celebrate my PR together with my family back home. It was nice to see my mom for the first time in a race waiting for me. I had never had family watching what I do until that race in August. (Happiness overload :) )
Back in Miami. After some local races, like the Key Biscayne Triathlon, the highlight came at Escape to Miami Olympic where I achieved my 3rd PR in the year, in one of the toughest races in Miami. The year ended with the always fun Key West Triathlon.
It was a great year of racing long distance, learning a lot more with the new coaching, FINALLY achieving personal bests and acquiring the Ironman All World Athlete status. I can say I'm a 3x Ironman finisher and 5x Ironman 70.3 finisher. The Year of Iron was a good one. :)
Now 2017 will be a whole different animal. For starters, I no longer live in Miami. Hell!, I no longer live in the United States!!!