Car issues did throw my California 70.3 race off a bit, as the additional mileage took a toll on my legs for the bike. Amazingly my run legs were ready and brought me back into the top 10 in my Age Group for the race which was a big early season boost. Would have loved a better day, but I'll take it considering.
|Pre Diablo Double|
|M2 and Virgilio dueling|
Sunday arrives and my legs recovered nicely. Calves were still hurting a bit from the last weekend's Presidio 10, but I was more worried about holding sustainable efforts on the bike. The swim was cancelled due to some poor water quality readings in Lake Almaden. I had always heard bad things about this lake and avoided swimming in it, but as I don't have my "A" race for the year until August, I figured I'd give it a try. Guess I will never have to deal with swimming in that lake now.
|Trying to look fierce, lol.|
Finally at the turnaround it was time to drop everyone as we go to enjoy a tailwind, and no more drafting assistance. My buddy Dan and a few others jumped at this chance and the field spread out nicely. We had our climb, which Stefan finally came back to us on, and then the final assault back home. Averaging over 28 MPH for the last 8.5 miles was fun! Felt great about the ride averaging 342 watts and breaking an hour.
Running was a different story. As expected, my calves wouldn't allow me my top end I was hoping for, so instead of risking something worse, I was subjected to cruising the 10k run at 6:30 pace. Finishing up out of the podium was acceptable at 4th place, but it would have been nice to have made it. Big congrats to my training buddy Dan! He came in 3rd Overall while crushing the run this weekend. He's on an incredible build looking to best my Texas race from last year and I wish him well.
So, that's my latest. Next up is Wildflower Long Course, and I will actually taper for this race and not do anything too stupid ahead of it. I hope everyone's season has started off great as well, and good luck to everyone at Wildflower! See you down there at the party!