So, I have now been in Korea for one month and I have actually learned a bit about myself as an athlete. The main thing I learned is that I am less stuck in my ways than I originally thought I was.
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2017 was a great learning experience for me. I had a solid build up to Ironman Coeur d’Alene which was the A race of the year. I executed well on that race from start to finish and didn’t make too many large mistakes. It taught me a lot about how I want to have a lead up go to be mentally and physically ready for an Ironman. I capped off the year qualifying of Kona!!
Let me first say that this race report is a very blunt way I look at racing. I write these reports the day of or the day after racing. I generally am never that happy with my races, I always want more out of myself and this can be seen in this report. Usually a few days later I can cool off a bit and think about all the good things that did happen and how I can improve for next time. You might look at this and think I am a bit hard on myself, but that is who I am and that is what drives me to be better at what I do every day.
Race Information: 500 yard (450 meters) swim - 12.1 mile (19.47 km) bike ride - 3.1 mile (4.99 km) run
This might be the first time I felt like I was really racing. I usually race towards the front of my age group but never at the front of the race. So being at the front of this race made it a very different experience because I didn’t care about any numbers about pace or power. It was just go hard, and don’t blow up.