Every now and then something amazing happens....Wow!! Second place at Eagleman!!!! It was a pretty spectacular day for me. 4th out of the water, 3rd off the bike and then 2nd at the finish. I think getting out of the water in 4th might had been the biggest shocker of all... I could've just ended the day right there and been happy...ha! Glad i didn't though :)))
Eagleman and I have a long history. It was the place of my first ever half. I finished 4th OA amateur in my first attempt and thought half ironmans were going to be my calling. It must been a bit of beginners luck though because after that, my amateur half ironman performances were just sort of average and I fell back into Olympic distance racing. I was more comfortable with the distance and I really them. Once I turned pro, I very quickly realized my focus was going to have to change. My swim was too much of a weakness to be competitive at the Olympic distance pro level (we won't bring up my Chicago Triathlon pro performance...yikes!) and so my quest to nail the half ironman distance was back on. I have raced Eagleman 5 times since. In the beginning it was mostly because it was close but racing hot windy flat races are one of my favorites now. So, when given the chance to race at Eagleman, I always do. And since the ironman gods seem to be against me this year (IMSA-food poisoning, Challenge AC-canceled pro purse), Eagleman ended up back on the schedule. I was feeling a little more pressure going into Eagleman this year. After having a solid day at Chattanooga, I really wanted another strong performance to back up that result and Eagleman always attracts a strong field.
One awesome perk of racing Eagleman is that I have the best homestay in town. Getting the chance to catch up with Dave and his other annual homestay guests was great and has become a bit of tradition. The rest of the lead up to the race was uneventful. Having done this race so many times I knew the venue inside and out. I also got the chance to meet up with my local athletes who
This was for sure one of my best results to date. A second place against a strong field and at a race I love. It's amazing to see your hard work pay off and some of your dreams start to get realized. And honestly, it's not just the result that made this race so good. It was my fastest time at Eagleman with PR's on the bike and run. That's what this journey is all about-pushing my own limits. Onward!!!
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