What a wacky, fun, muddy race! This year's Philadelphia Triathlon featured lots of rain – so much that the swim was cancelled the day before by the city. Instead, it was changed to a 40k bike, 10k run with a time trial start, meaning every single athlete was started one at a time.
I had my fastest bike split ever at 59:11, on a wet and hilly course. The big success was my strength up the hills, where I made up ground on everyone else. Unfortunately I then lost it by taking the turns and downhills very cautiously – better safe than sorry – and let the top 5 open up a two minute gap on me.
The run was steady at 5:25 pace for the first half, but after a .5 mile stretch on the grass I couldn't close in on the front pack any longer, and came across in 8th place, beating several pros in the process. Compared to my 2012 performance (3rd), I still need to re-gain speed in my run, but a very solid effort for my second Olympic Distance tri in two years. Adding a swim would have also helped my position.
Now for a few weeks in Michigan with family before my move to Boston in August!