For many athletes, training and racing is all about the results on race day. For me, I love the journey. I try to take mental notes of where my fitness is when I start a training journey and then where my fitness is on race day. For Challenge Knoxville, I felt confident and strong on the bike and if someone were to ask me on the bike "why are you racing?" I would proudly respond (with a smile) "because there was a time when I couldn't ride like this!"
The night before the race, I changed one of my Garmin 500 interval screens to show the following:
Normalized lap power
Current lap time 3sec power
Cadence Lap speed
We do this in every race for it helps to analyze the file after the race but also it gives a better representation of our efforts at specific parts in the race. It's like intervals on race day. It keeps us honest and accountable with our efforts rather than viewing average speed or average power for 56 miles.
4th place overall amateur female athlete was a tough situation, mentally, to be in. I found myself wondering if I would be passed by any more girls or if I would even be able to catch these girls on the run to achieve my top 3 overall amateur goal.
But then I stopped thinking and starting acting. I reminded myself "why" I race - to see if what may look impossible is actually possible.
However, believing and achieving are easier said than done.
I had to slow down a lot to relieve my bladder and I ended up losing at least a minute from the other group. It was a solo ride back to the transition area with no other athletes around me and the girls ahead of me were long gone (with Amy way far ahead - I didn't want to assume anything but I didn't put pressure on myself to catch her).
I turned on my Garmin 910 with around 1 mile to go so it would be all set (satellite found) for the run.
I turned off my computer as I was dismounting my bike and jogged my bike into the transition area (I was the 2nd rack). I smiled at my mom (and Campy) who were sitting on the sidewalk between the transition area and run course. Although this course was not spectator friendly (aside from the swim and run finish), I was really happy to see some familiar faces.
(Thanks mom for the great pics!)
2:46 (20.18 mph average)
1st fastest AG bike time
4th fastest female amateur bike time
2:29 (22.52 mph average)
3rd fastest AG bike time
11th fastest male amateur bike time