Saturday marked the 228th day of 2020. A year we can all agree has sucKed more than the worlds Most powerful vacuum! My triathlon season lasted a blissful 1:10:33 at the YoungLife triathlon in Detroit Lakes. My summer is usually filled with over a dozen triathlons and numerous marathons and IRONMAN races. Ironically, Saturdays race was also my 228th activity according to my Garmin. Those 228 activities equal out to be over 2,070 miles. I am no training expert but that seems to be an extreme amount of overtraining for a sprint triathlon!
The drive up to DL is always scenic and race morning was no different. I managed to not get ran over while I stood in the middle of the highway to take the above photo. The day was off to a great start! Once I arrived at the race, it was pretty "normal" considering this "pandemic" we claim to be in. Sorry, not trying to pick any fights but I'm calling BS on COVID-19. ANyways, the race, mask were required while we checked in and in transition while we set up. A few extra bike racks allowed for our bikes to be socially distanced as well, crazy. The morning was truly picture perfect and once we got the pre race meeting and national anthem over with, it was time to jump in the lake.
The day prior the area got about 5-6 inches of rain so I think that made the lake a little colder than normal so I went with the wetsuit even though they are a bitch to peel off in T1! My moto is to "survive" the swim so my pace of 1:41/100Yd was good enough for me and was happy to get onto Stealth for a ride around Detroit Lake. Back pedaling to the swim start, I was placed into the elite wave so I was first out of the chute. Still not sure how or why but I just went with it and hung out with the big boys. So, with this, I was back of the pack taking off on the bike. After a few miles on the bike I finally was able to spot other riders and tried to pick them off one by one. I was able to pass a few on the bike and put down the 9th fastest bike time with a 22MPH average. I'll take that!
The problem with a fast bike time is that my legs were toasted for the run. Also the fact that I kinda forgot to train or practice any brick workouts with some bike to run transitions. So, legs were a little pissy but it was only a 5k to run. By this time in the race there wasn't too many people in front to chase down for motivation. I had maybe made it a few hundred yards out of T2 and they announced the race leader had just made the turn. The run portion was an out and back for those not familiar with these events. I was about 99.99% sure this was Branden they were talking about how was on his way to setting a new course record i think. Damn that boy is fast, even if he's having an "off day"
Think I passed 3 runners on the run and the last being a few hundred feet of the finish. Emptied the tank completely to make that pass! Settled with a 6:52/mi pace which I should be happy with but know it should have been closer to 6:30 pace. regardless, an absolute perfect day to race. It was great to see all the familiar faces and chat with a few fellow racers. While the event staff made everyone feel safe and took all the NECESSARY precautions, sure was nice to be able to race outside in a real event!
If there is one thing we like besides bright colored clothing and expensive bikes, it would be "refueling" after a hard race. Everyone has thier goto after a race and for me that was a cold beer and taco at Zorbaz. It was forkin' delicious!
Back on a serious note. Can't thank Scheels and all the other sponsors of this event. Proceeds from the event help offset the cost of programs that YoungLife puts on during the year. makes an already great event even better! As always, also great to catch up with the Scheel tribe and they all crushed it out there. 1st place overall finishes for Branden and ALexa, congrats!
While the future is unknown and ever changing, if that happens to be my only triathlon of the year, it couldn't have gone much better. I was smiling all the way!
YoungLife Sprint | 1:10:33 | 18th OA | "2nd AG"
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WORK HARD. STAY HUMBLE. A LIFE FILLED WITH SWIM, BIKE & RUN. 5Ks TO MARATHONS, SPRINT TO IRONMAN 140.6