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DALLAS LIFETIME SERIES 13

Heading to Dallas his year I was hoping it was going to be warmer and dryer than last year. Last year we started in freezing temperatures and heavy rain. The weather report looked good and upon my arrival on Friday the weather was brilliant! I woke up Saturday morning to find it cool and overcast and threatening to rain. Fortunately race morning it was clear sky's but still on the cooler side, with temperatures about 10C. The swim was a deep water start just before the sun came out so sighting was challenging! I had a good start and settled into third on the swim and found that the body felt a little sluggish. I followed the feet in front of me and tried to use as little energy as possible. By the end of the swim I was still sitting in third and still felt a little flat. I put it out of my head and thought I will be good once I get on my bike.

 

I had a good transition and moved into second at the start of the bike just behind Hunter Kemper. Cam Dye was just behind and through the twisty start of the bike we pushed the pace. I felt ok but not great and the pace was on. I pushed hard and found myself sitting second on the road behind Cam. Ben Collins passed me and the gap started to open between Cam and Ben and myself. My legs were not cooperating with my mind and I kept pushing but the power was not there. There is a long out and back section through the middle of the bike and the gap was still opening, at the half way turnaround I was sitting in 4th. There was a group behind me chasing hard and it took the remainder of the bike for them to catch me. The run in Dallas is really hilly and challenging, you are either going up or down! I had a good run last year and wanted to try run well again, I enjoy running the hills and the chase was on. I exited T2 in 6th.

 

Straight out of transition up the first hill I moved into 5th behind Hunter. I pushed and the run legs felt better than the rest of the race. The support on course was great by the locals and the two lap run makes passing people on the second lap a great challenge to chase as many people down as possible!

 

I held onto 5th and was happy that on an off day I can manage this result. Now it is 2 weeks until the final race of the year in Oceanside California. I will head back to Boulder and make sure I recover and get prepared as well as I can. I think I was a little tired heading into the race and racing 5 times in 7 weeks might have something to do with feeling a bit off. I am excited to finish off a solid year and put the feet up relax and party after Oceanside. Thank you for your ongoing support.

 
 
 
 
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