On Sunday I raced the Lifetime South Beach Triathlon. Itâ€™s one of my favorite races, and this is the sixth time Iâ€™ve done the race. In the past Iâ€™ve done really well here. Itâ€™s a really fast course, mostly flat and it comes in the beginning of the year when Iâ€™m anxious to get out and see what all the winter training has earned me. This year didnâ€™t go as well. It just wasnâ€™t my day â€“ no excuses â€“ I raced with everything I had and it earned me sixth place. It may be a reflection of my fitness â€“ perhaps I let the nasty winter get to me â€“ but it may have also just been a bad day. They happen to everyone. Iâ€™ll race again this coming Sunday in Puerto Rico at the San Juan 70.3 â€“ it might go better.
A quick recap of South Beach. I swam poorly. I exited the water way out of the front group, swimming alone through some rough water. It took a while before I saw anyone on the bike and I didnâ€™t actually catch the group ahead of me until about half way through the bike. Even then I rode to the front of that group but never was able to shake them. Brooks Cowan started the run right behind me, and despite putting up a better run than most of the guys in the field, I was still caught around mile four, which put me in sixth place â€“ where I crossed the line.