What a weekend of racing! Ironman AZ is Tucson's home race. This means a ton of friendly faces on course, and all of the spectators! I had the pleasure of racing with Top Step athlete Caleb, and Top Step affiliate Leo Carrillo. Caleb raced his first Ironman. He went in with mixed expectations. His dream goal was to go sub 11 hours, but really we were focusing more on the controllable things and getting across the finish line happy and healthy. This seemed to work pretty well as he CRUSHED his dream goal and finished in a 10:35!!
Leo had a dream day out there. He raced a smart race, and earned himself a Kona spot! At age 50 he had the 21st fastest swim-bike including PROS! He held on on the run for a 10:02, good enough for second in his age group and a chance at the big dance.
I was a little unsure of how my third Ironman in three months was going to go. The preparation going in went well. I was feeling good all around, but nervous about the backend of the marathon. I stuck to my race plan, and rode at my goal watts. I felt the best I have EVER felt getting off the bike. I ended up with some serious stomach cramping, which seemed to be my limiter. My legs got pretty heavy the last few miles. I was getting splits on Clint, behind me and I heard I had a five minute gap. I so I was content to jog it in. After I crossed the line, I saw him cross right behind me! I am glad it did not end up in a duel. I am excited to finish in the money and the top ten at this one. A huge thanks to all the people cheering, volunteering, and to my amazing support crew.
Also this weekend Adam Feigh raced AGAIN! He raced a 30k trail run for the title Mr. Hairy Bison. He also wanted to set a PR and a course record. I love that he aims high! He raced an extremely smart race, and let the leader go off fast. He was on track to break the two hour mark, setting the record and to pass the leader at about 1 km to go! He missed a step and almost snapped his foot off. He somehow ran it in, still setting a PR but he had to settle for second.
Finally, Josh raced El Tour de Tucson. This was his conciliation prize for skipping IMAZ this year due to a broken bone in his pelvis! He will be back to triathlon and racing an Ironman this spring, don't you worry! He had a great El tour, and finished in 4:10 with the lead pack!