USAT Off-Road Nationals / XTERRA Southeast Championship
3rd AG, 4th Overall
Best AG bike split, 5th bike split with Pros
I was able to overpass two AG World Champions and placed behind another one. Pretty much at least 4 world titles between 3 ladies that I was ducking this race out with. It was amazingly stacked race and especially my class. Nothing like real competition. I'm glad that race ended well even though I was hoping for little more. Still happy I escaped without scratch while other amazing racers experienced flats, mechanicals, finished seriously bruised up or in the hospital. It was slippery wet and the course was led with trillion roots and sharp rocks just waiting for blood... I'm not completely satisfied with my swim and run but am amazingly happy with my biking performance, so there is something to be cheery about.
I missed top 3 Overall by mere 50 seconds. When I look back I think those seconds could have been gained anywhere, really anywhere, after all it was 3 hour long race. If I didn’t stop swimming twice due to my breathing problem and people pulling on my legs, there goes 50 seconds easily. If I wasn’t stuck for what seemed an eternity behind the girl on the single track who refused to move of my way, there goes again 50 seconds. If I pushed just slightly more of my comfort zone on some safer sections, there would be no doubt 50 seconds. The smallest mistakes are costly, very costly, and lots of riders paid high price that day for taking chances and crashing hard.
So moral to the story is, not only you have to be a strong racer, but also have a more than perfect race and execution to succeed. Some people train whole life and get only one maybe meaningful title, some get few. And they are the most excellent athletes out there on top of their game. All the fitness means nothing really if this perfect athlete doesn’t score this perfect race. It has to be this most poetic and stellar day for all the forces to come together to pull it really off.
Racing in general and especially triathlon racing is just so complicated.
But when the big victory does happen, so rewarding and worth waiting for....