Another podium! The Philadelphia Triathlon (Philly Tri) is one of my top two favorite days of the year. It is a great atmosphere, with a nearly hometown crowd and a challenging yet fast course. This year with all of the schedule changes I was forced to train through this race. Not my ideal situation but I also was sick all week so figured that would sort of stand in as a taper? I had no idea what to expect on race day but figured if I just did my thing and didn't make any mistakes then I'd do fine.
That is pretty much what happened. The swim was a very easy pace, in hindsight way too easy as my competition was 1-2 minutes ahead of me! I got on my bike and rode hard and got into 4th place and stayed there throughout the ride. I was way off my times from prior years but still in contention for a podium. I ran hard until I got into a solid 3rd and realizing that 2nd would take a heroic, draining and almost impossible effort I eased off the pace in order not to trash myself for my next race. The result was that my legs felt great at the end of the race and afterwards. I even ran up and down the Art Musuem steps a few times.
I'm happy with my finish, but it would have been nice to have a race with Bec. Our times (despite her penalty) were really evenly matched. We will have to wait for the next one where hopefully we will be faster!
So now I have 2 4ths, and 2 3rds. I hope this trend continues...
Thank you to everyone in Philly for the support and for the cheers!