::2012 Lake Stevens 70.3::
150kms from my door in Abbotsford, BC is a 70.3, for some stupid reason which I believe has to do with IPs and search engines I didn’t really have this race on my radar til this year. With a few weddings going on this summer, the races that I normally do were not on the game plan. I was really looking forward to my first 70.3 event, mostly for the fact that its something new. New challenge and new scenery is always enjoyable and a welcome change from a long season of training.
Loaded up the camper friday night and camped at the Wenbery State Park about 30 min drive from Lake Stevens. After a good sleep we headed over to grab the race package and get my bike ready for the drop off at transition. The in and out for the swim, bike, and run are down right at the shore of Lake Stevens. After a quick session of the course maps, I was looking forward to a pretty straight forward swim after a little bit of a messy Canada Day Swim. Out and back, the way I like it, minimal sighting and just plain cruising. The bike on the other hand was going to be a plain old ride hard and hope u have something left for the run. A lot of turns and rolling hills, mixed with continual rain made this one tough. I felt a little like I was swimming, getting hit with waves of rolling hills. I couldn’t wait to get off my bike, and I had a feeling once I go back to transition things would dry up.
I really enjoyed the run. The first 3 miles were a bit slow, mostly from frozen feet. Once the frozen feet and brick legs wore off, I was able to keep sub 7 miles. I enjoyed the two loops, for the fact that I wasn’t running blind anymore. The last down hill a little before the end is a nice touch to throw you into the finish line. A pretty solid turn out for the finishing shoot, with a lot of yelling and screaming to bring it home. Enjoyed the course, the little out of town feel, and would be adding this to next years plan.
Oakleys worked great (but should have had yellow lenses in for the bike), and my Vega system was really good too. Food intake was about right and had no stomach or hunger issues. Used powerbar gels to finish off the run to float me into the finish. Solid swim, tough bike, and my first sub 1:30 half to finish off the race.