Wow! This yearâ€™s New York City Triathlon kicked my butt! I came in second to Jordan Jones, who had a breakthrough performance and crushed the field. This is my seventh podium for 2012! Iâ€™m still looking to have one of those outstanding races, but Iâ€™m really happy with how consistent my performances have been this year.
The river this year was moving really fast. We finished the swim portion in about 11 minutes. Normally Iâ€™m not too excited about short swims, but the Hudson River is a little nasty so nobody is asking to go back in. Getting onto West Side Highway for the run I was able to drop the rest of the lead pack. I thought I was doing well until about 25km into the 40km bike course. My legs started talking back. I hit a wall and the fuses just blew. Jordan Jones caught me at 30km and I had no gas to try to hang with him. I finished the bike 45 seconds down hoping I could catch back on in the run.
Now, Jordan Jones isnâ€™t a huge name yet in Triathlon, but heâ€™s a former Division I runner who is learning quickly how to ride a bike as well as anyone. I held the gap for the first 4 miles of the run, but couldnâ€™t close any time. I hit the last hill in Central Park with a big gap over 3rd and my legs finally gave in. I cruised it in as quickly as I could, but was solidly in second with jello for legs. My splits were comparable to last yearâ€™s if you take out the faster swim. I was 20 seconds faster on the bike than a year ago, and just 10 seconds off the former bike course record. Jones had the fastest bike split thatâ€™s ever been posted on this course by 90 seconds. My run was 30 seconds slower than last yearâ€™s, and Jones managed to run a minute faster than me by the end. So my race was solid, but I have some work to do before I see Jones again!